April 6, 2008 – 3:06 PM

I’ve just recently caught wind of a Firefox plugin called FormFox.  Here’s the description from the website:

Do you know where your form information is going? This extension displays the form action (the site to which the information you’ve entered is being sent.) In any place where you can enter data, from search boxes to order forms, mouse over the final Submit button to reveal the destination.

I tested it out quick on a few websites and I can see how this might be useful.  I know that on more than one occasion I’ve wondered where my form data was being passed to and I’ve always had to “view source” and check the action of that form.  I mainly wanted to see if it went to a non-secure or a secure page.  This plugin will help with that because I now just need to hover my mouse over the Submit object and it will pop-up a tooltip showing me exactly where my data is going.  Here’s a few examples:




As you can see from this last one, it was flagged as “Possible trickery” even though the action destination of the form was still a secure page on the same trusted domain of  I’m guessing the sub-domain sitekey threw it off a tad.  So, with just about anything….expect some false positives along the way.  But hey, it’s still faster than viewing the source of the pages.

You can download this plugin here.

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