Two accountants' associations are offering an auditing service to break down resistance to using the Internet to purchase mutual funds and other products.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, have developed the CPA WebTrust, a program with which an accounting firm can audit a website for the safety of online transactions and safeguards of confidential consumer information. The accountants' groups license users of the program.

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