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Protect: protection of Wi-Fi connections

Encryption is not usually used for public Wi-Fi access points (for example, in airports or cafes). Anybody with a laptop or smartphone near you can intercept or replace your data (passwords, credit card numbers, etc.).

In Yandex.Browser, the browser's own Wi-Fi protection mechanism is used. When such protection is enabled, data is sent through a special channel ensuring encryption. Because the page is sent to the user indirectly via a Yandex server, the data transfer speed may drop slightly.

This approach is used in desktop versions of Yandex.Browser, as well as in mobile versions for Android smartphones and tablets.

Note. Websites using the HTTPS protocol (supporting data encryption) are not affected by the problem of unsecured connections. If a website uses HTTPS, the icon  or  is displayed in the SmartBox.

How to enable it

As soon as the user connects to an unsecure network, protection of the Wi-Fi connection is automatically enabled in the browser.

After Wi-Fi protection is enabled, one of the following icons are displayed in the SmartBox:

IconDescription
Wi-Fi protection is enabled.

Protection is enabled, but some elements of the page (for example, images or video) cannot pass through a secured channel.
Yandex servers are temporarily unavailable or the website being viewed is unavailable for Yandex (for example, if it is a corporate one). If you are not on a secured corporate website, avoid transferring confidential data until Wi-Fi protection is restored.

How to disable it

  1. Click the Wi-Fi icon in the SmartBox.
  2. Select Disabled.

After that, information will not pass through a secured channel, but an alert about the unsecured Wi-Fi connection will remain in the SmartBox.

Attention! Disabling Wi-Fi protection will increase data transfer speed, but it puts your data at risk. We do not recommend disabling Wi-Fi protection if you are going to transfer confidential information.

To disable Wi-Fi protection completely, including alerts in the SmartBox:

  1. Click the button
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    In the top right corner of the browser window

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      Settings.
  2. In the lower part of the Settings page, click the Show advanced settings button.

  3. In the Network section, uncheck the Warn me when using unsecured Wi-Fi networks option.

How to set up Wi-Fi encryption in a home network

If you connect to your home Wi-Fi and see a Yandex.Browser alert about an unsecured network, it means that the protection algorithm used by your router is not secure enough.

Attention!  WPA2/WPA2-PSK is considered to be a safe protection algorithm. The WPA/WPA-PSK algorithm is less secure. The protection level when using the WEP algorithm is equivalent to no encryption. We strongly recommend using something other than WEP.

In an unsecured home network, Wi-Fi protection in Yandex.Browser will be enabled automatically. Data passes through a secured channel, so it can slow down data exchange speed. You can avoid this by configuring router encryption:

  1. Open the web interface for managing the router.
  2. Go to security settings.
  3. Set WPA2 or WPA2-PSK network authentication type.

For more detailed recommendations, see the User's Guide for your router.

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