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Protect: secures the Wi-Fi connection. Applies to all desktops

Why do I need Wi-Fi protection?

Note. Wi-Fi protection is not used for websites that run on HTTPS, because this protocol already uses data encryption. If a site uses HTTPS, the Smartbox shows the icon or .

Wi-Fi encryption settings for your home network

If you connected 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! The WPA2/WPA2-PSK protection algorithm is considered secure. In contrast, 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.

Yandex.Browser will automatically enable Wi-Fi protection if a user enters an unsecured network. In this case data exchange speed can slow down because the data is passing through a secured channel. 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, please refer to your router's user manual.

Disable protection

Attention! Disabling Wi-Fi protection will increase data transfer speed, but it puts your data at risk. We do not recommend that you expose yourself to this risk, especially if you are going to transfer your personal data or make e-payments.

To disable Wi-Fi protection temporarily until you restart your browser:

  1. In the right part of SmartBox, click any Protect toolbar icon.
  2. In the window that opens, flip the switch to Off next to Secured Wi-Fi connection.

The secured channel will no longer be used for transmitting your data. However, the SmartBox will still show the unsecured Wi-Fi alert .

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

  1. Click  Settings.
  2. In the lower half of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Network section, disable the Secure connection when connected to public Wi-Fi networks option.