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How to protect yourself from the eBay data breach

How to protect yourself from the eBay data breach

If you use eBay, change your password. That's the message from the company after hackers broke into the online retail site and now have customer names, passwords, email addresses and other sensitive information.

The online marketplace says there is no evidence financial information was stolen, but if you are one of the 145 million people with an account on eBay... Some of your personal information, like your date of birth and address, could be in the hands of hackers, but there are things you can do to ward off hackers, according to Chelsea Maguire with the Better Business Bureau.

"It's very important that people change their passwords regularly, we often just get very used to it and we don't want to try to remember something new but when you do change your password regularly it reduces your risk of any hacker going through and find that information," Maguire said.

If you're changing your password, make it something difficult to thwart hackers.

"Simple numbers, your child's birth date, name, those are easily guessed and found, make sure it is very complicated, has uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols," Maguire said.

Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! this summer

Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! this summer

Spokane is reading this summer, and will be diving into the swamp lands of Florida for the 13th year of the community reading event. This summer Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

Hoopfest registration deadline extended

If you missed the Hoopfest registration deadline you’re in luck. Hoopfest has extended the deadline through Monday and will allow up to 150 more teams to register.

Police begin distracted driving emphasis patrol

Police begin distracted driving emphasis patrol

Police across the Washington state are out in full force looking for distracted drivers and seatbelt violations with additional emphasis patrols.

The patrols, which started Monday, run through June 1 in Spokane, Whitman, Pend Oreille and Ferry counties.

It's a fairly simple concept: When you're behind the wheel, your eyes should be on the road and no where else. But the last time Washington cops cracked down on distracted driving they handed out more than 2,500 tickets in just five days, so they're sending the message again, put the phone down or pay the price.

Distracted driving is more than just talking or texting on your cell phone.

"Anything that distracts you in your cars and takes your attention away from your driving could be a ticketable offense," Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller said.

Those tickets start out at $124. If you're charged with aggressive or negligent driving because of your distraction you could pay as much as $550 or more.

Spokane Tribal College creates community for students

Spokane Tribal College creates community for students

Spokane Tribal College might be one of Spokane’s best kept educational secrets. Located at Indiana and Monroe it’s easy to miss, but the school is helping students who might otherwise fall through the cracks find their way to a degree.                                                                      

 

Wildfire season approaching in Spokane County

Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off to the summer season. People head outdoors to enjoy the warm weather, and that means camping.

"People leave their campfires unattended. We start dealing with that more and more as we hit this upcoming weekend with Memorial Day weekend," said Guy Gifford with the Department of Natural Services.

Gifford says many people are unaware of how many wildfires Spokane County sees on average.

"Our normal fire season is over 100 fires a year," said Gifford.

Gifford says each year at least one home is lost because of wildfires. That is considered to be a good season.

Earlier this month, the Washington Department of Natural Resources said this season is likely to be worse than average, making this weekend critical for safe fire practices.

"The key thing people don't do is put a trail around your fire," said Gifford.

Putting a trail or a ring around any fire helps prevent the fire from spreading.

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Spokane County residents sue over improper taxes

Residents of Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley are suing Spokane County after they were wrongly taxed to pay for control of noxious weeds.

They filed a civil lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court this week seeking full refunds. The plaintiffs include the mayor of Liberty Lake, Steve Peterson.

The Spokesman-Reviewsays property owners in Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake were improperly taxed more than $1 million over the past decade for noxious weed enforcement.

Spokane County Risk Manager Steve Bartel said Friday that an outside attorney will review the suit.

The problem was discovered last year. Spokane Valley property owners have been improperly assessed about $95,000 a year, while the amount assessed on Liberty Lake parcels has been about $9,000 a year.