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.
What is protected mode?
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:
Disabling protected mode on a page
You can disable protected mode if you enabled it by mistake.
- On the right side of the SmartBox, click .
- In the Protected mode section, change the setting to Off.
Disable protected mode for all websites
To fully disable protected mode:
- In the lower half of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
- In the System section, disable the Open online banking and payment system pages in Protected mode option.