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.
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:
|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.|
After that, information will not pass through a secured channel, but an alert about the unsecured Wi-Fi connection will remain in the SmartBox.
To disable Wi-Fi protection completely, including alerts in the SmartBox:
In the lower part of the Settings page, click the Show advanced settings button.
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.
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:
For more detailed recommendations, see the User's Guide for your router.