users find out the geographical location of a website’s server by displaying a flag of the detected nationality within the address bar, just next to the URL. This piece of information can be used further in order to search for legal aspects and other data.
The advantage of Flagfox is that it can accurately detect the country where the web server is actually located, even though the domain name indicates otherwise.
Since it is not based on Internet top-level domains (or TLD codes), but on an internal database of IP addresses that is updated periodically, its reliability and precision are significantly enhanced. In such cases, the addon displays a pop-up message to ensure you that this is not a mistake.
Once the extension is installed in the browser, you will surely notice the new flag icon that appears when accessing a new webpage. Clicking on it automatically opens Geotool, an online application which can be used for viewing a detailed map of the detected location, along with information concerning the country of origin, the region, city, geographical coordinates, IP address and ISP.
The ‘Options’ section is where you can configure the list of external tools that are available in the right-click menu and create new custom actions. These include lookup tools, search engines, whois and traceroute sites, URL parsers, rating and site advisers, checkers and verifiers to determine the security of the executed code and the website’s reputation.
Thereby, Flagfox provides access to various applications that help you get more information about the servers you access and filter the websites you navigate to.
Each tool can be assigned a suggestive name, a certain access mode (click, double-click etc.), as well as a key combination, for faster access. Links can be opened either in a new tab or a new window.
You can take advantage of the features that Flagfox brings in order to check site safety, shorten long URLs, view and copy the IP address and other specific data.