Protect: password encryption

Hackers try to steal passwords in order to access your personal data or e-wallets. It is best to encrypt stored passwords, so even if hackers steal your passwords, they won't be able to use them.

  1. Password encryption in the browser
  2. Master password
  3. Gesture, PIN, fingerprint
  4. Backup encryption key

Password encryption in the browser

The password vault is encrypted using the AES-256-GCM algorithm, which uses a key. The AES-256 algorithm is considered reliable: the Department of Homeland Security in the USA recommends using it to protect Top Secret data.

However, even the most complex encryption algorithm will not protect your passwords if a hacker finds the encryption key. The master password lets you use very powerful encryption for the key.

The key is encrypted using the master password. If you forget your master password, you can reset it using a recovery key.

The master password is not stored on devices, so it can't be stolen. With a master password, you are protected from the following:

  • Theft of passwords stored on your smartphone.
  • Lost passwords if your smartphone is lost or stolen.
  • Your password vault being saved on Yandex servers (the encryption is set up so that even Yandex cannot decrypt your passwords).

For more information about password encryption, see Password encryption in Yandex Browser.

Master password

A master password provides an additional level of security for your passwords. After you create a master password, the browser will request it during an attempt to open the password storage or enter a previously saved website password in a login form.

Instead of a huge number of passwords from websites, you will only have to remember one master password. Passwords from websites will also be more secure. Access to storage is locked by the master password, which cannot be stolen, because it's not stored on devices.

  1. Create a master password
  2. Delete the master password
  3. Time to block storage
  4. If you forget your master password

Create a master password

To create a master password:

  1. Tap (if you don't see this button, press the menu button on your smartphone).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Go to the Privacy section.
  4. Tap Create master password.
  5. Enter the master password. We recommend using passwords that are complex but easy to remember.
  6. Tap Continue.
  7. Then re-enter it to confirm.
  8. Tap Create master password.

Then you can save your password for sites in your browser and your password manager will only be accessible if you enter your master password. The master password you have created is not saved on the smartphone or on the server. Only a key encrypted with it is saved.

Delete the master password

  1. Tap (if you don't see this button, then press the menu button on your smartphone).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Go to the Privacy section.
  4. Tap Delete master password.
  5. Enter the master password and tap Confirm.

After that, the browser will no longer request the master password to access passwords. At the next sync, the master password will be deleted from other devices.

Time to block storage

You can change the time after which the browser blocks access to password storage and requests a master password during an attempt to access it:

  1. Tap (if you don't see this button, press the menu button on your smartphone).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Go to the Privacy section.
  4. Tap Access control.
  5. Enter the master password.
  6. In the Lock access section, select an option: after relaunching the browser, after blocking the screen, or never.

If you forget your master password

If you already created a backup encryption key:

  1. In the form where you enter your master password, tap Forgot password.
  2. Tap Reset master password.
  3. Enter your Yandex password.
  4. Re-create your master password

If you didn't create a backup encryption key, you won't be able to restore access to your passwords.

Gesture, PIN, fingerprint

To avoid entering the master password every time you want to access your website passwords, use your smartphone lock method instead (PIN, gesture, or fingerprint). The lock method is linked to the device, so you can't use a PIN from one smartphoneto get access to passwords stored on another smartphone.

Passwords stay protected by the master password because the browser restores the master password each time you unlock your device. This means that if you delete the master password on any of your devices, the browser will also stop asking for your PIN, gesture, or fingerprint.

To change the password unlock method:

  1. Tap (if you don't see this button, press the menu button on your smartphone).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Go to the Privacy section.
  4. Tap Access control.
  5. Enter the master password.
  6. In the Unlock with... section, select an option: master password, fingerprint, gesture, or PIN. The options available depend on your smartphone model.

Backup encryption key

If you forget your master password, you can only restore your passwords if you have a recovery key. To create one, you will need to enable syncing.

To change your master password, you will not only need a recovery key, but also a special file. It will be created automatically when you enter your master password for the first time and save it locally. That's why even Yandex can't decrypt your passwords.

To restore access, you must enter the password to your Yandex account. The likelihood that a hacker could simultaneously steal the key from the server, the file from your device, and your Yandex account password is very low.

To create a backup encryption key, tap Enable as soon as you create a master password in the window that opens. If your device hasn't synced, enable syncing by entering your Yandex password.

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