It’s important to be aware of how to identify a duplicate or unsafe website. You can easily check the security certificate beside the web address (URL). You’ll see one of the following three symbols.
If a website does not display the first symbol above (padlock), this confirms that it is not secure and everything you do is susceptible to a cyber-attack. We recommend you close the browser without completing any further actions such as inserting your login credentials etc.
Check if the address begins with "https” (not "http)". This will be another indicator of a website’s security level. If you see "http", this means that there is no encryption in place, and information you provide on that page is at risk of being seen by unauthorized personnel.
If you’d like more information about website safety or other aspects of cyber security, the Australian Government’s Stay Safe Online website provides practical tips to assist everyone in staying secure while online.