Shop Yandex Safely with a VPN ConnectionLast Updated by Gray Williams on January 26, 2019
Somewhat of a mix of US-based superpowers Google and Amazon, Yandex is a popular search engine, email provider, and more importantly, a marketplace for Russian citizens to buy all manner of goods. Yandex.Market is able to broker deals with both online and offline retailer to become an enormous retail outlet.
However, with this much business flowing through its virtual doors 24 hours a day, Yandex is also subject to lots of attempted hacking and cybercrime. Customers must be extremely careful when doing things like entering payment information and even making sure they are on a verified Yandex store page as attempts to swipe credit card information are prevalent.
Although VPNs are technically illegal in Russia, there is little enforcement of this law.
The Basics of Yandex.Market
Yandex.Market consists of 20,000 online stores, 123 million products, 2,500 categories of merchandise, and 20 million Russian users every month. The most popular items include electronics, mobile phones, cameras, computers, home appliances, clothing, and cosmetics.
There are few requirements to add an online store to Yandex.Market other than showing you have legal and contact information for your website as well as a stable performance. Stores are given ratings by customers who are also able to leave reviews based on their experiences.
Safe Shopping Techniques
Regardless of what country you live in, there are a number of safety precautions you can take to lower the risk of having your financial information stolen when shopping online.
Best VPNs for use with Yandex
VyprVPN places security at a premium in all of its products and is a top VPN for Windows.
It has 256-bit encryption, zero-knowledge DNS, its own NAT Firewall, and supports multiple forms of encryption.
While it cannot unlock powerful websites like Netflix, for the purposes of shopping safely in Russia it more than fits the bill as it has servers in more than 30 countries overall.
SaferVPN has a lot of fantastic features including a kill switch, leak protection, and impressive encryption support for the likes of PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, and OPenVPN. It has a robust offering of servers many of which are located close to Russia.
In total there are more than 760 servers spread across more than 35 countries. This lets you pick the best server with the lowest latency time to get a secure foothold and an extra layer of protection before visiting Yandex.