Protect: protected mode

To make electronic payments more secure, Yandex.Browser activates protected mode on all bank and payment system websites. The browser automatically makes a list of pages to secure, but you can add sites to this list yourself.

Attention. We encourage you to always use protected mode when making online payments.

What is protected mode?

Note. Protected mode is only available for Windows.

Protected mode is enabled automatically when you open internet banking and/or payment system websites. When it is enabled, the browser toolbar and tabs turn dark gray and the SmartBox displays the icon :

In protected mode Yandex.Browser:

  • Disables all browser extensions except for password managers that have been checked by Yandex, such as LastPass. We do this because you could potentially have an extension that contains malware, and your payment details could be stolen or replaced.
  • Enables strict verification of HTTPS certificates. Protected mode can't be activated if the bank's certificate is invalid, expired, or not on the trusted certificates list. It also isn't activated if the connection uses certificates that Yandex doesn't recognize (installed by the user or the network administrator). Please note that in the latter case, the system administrator can access your data.

Enabling protected mode on a page

Protected mode is enabled by default on online payment pages (these pages are found on bank and payment system websites). You can also add any page that uses HTTPS to the list of secure pages:

  1. In the right part of SmartBox, click any Protect toolbar icon.
  2. Click the More info link in the section where connection status displays in the window that appears.
  3. In the Permissions section, enable the Protected mode option.

Disabling protected mode on a page

Attention. If you are going to make payments from a web page, we strongly recommend that you do not disable protected mode.

You can disable protected mode if you enabled it by mistake.

  1. On the right side of the SmartBox, click .
  2. In the Protected mode section, change the setting to Off.

Disable protected mode for all websites

Attention. By disabling protected mode for all websites, you risk exposing your data. We recommend that you not disable protection.

To fully disable protected mode:

  1. Click   → Settings.
  2. In the lower half of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the System section, disable the Open online banking and payment system pages in Protected mode option.