Criminals have gotten pretty good at making fake Web sites (for
PayPal, eBay, Facebook, etc.) look like the real thing. But what
they can’t fake quite as easily is the location of the Web server
that’s hosting their fraduulent site. You might be looking at a
perfect replica of, say, Bank of America, but if the site is hosted
in Uzbekistan, it’s a good bet you shouldn’t input your
Flagfox for Firefox makes this kind of detective work simple: It
determines the Web server’s physical location and pastes the
corresponding country’s flag at the end of the address bar.
If you’re wondering how it works, Flagfox bases its flag choice
on the actual location of the server you’re connected to, rather
than just the nationality of the domain name–which may be
After installing the plug-in and restarting Firefox, just head
to any site and you’ll see the flag at the right end of the address
bar. If you click the flag, you’ll get a new tab containing
detailed geographic information about the site.
If you right-click the flag, Flagfox pops up a list of
other handy tools, including Whois, SiteAdvisor, Web of Trust, and
URL-shortener bit.ly. Head to the settings (via Tools,
Add-ons) for the plug-in and you’ll find a dozen or so other
options you can add to the list.
Flagfox is a great little addition to Firefox, one that combines
convenience with added security. What’s not to like?
Note: This link takes you to the add-on’s page
at Mozilla.org, where you can automatically install the file into
your Firefox browser.