If a hacker breaks into an investor's mutual fund account, the law says the account holder is on his own, but many brokerage companies are working to make online investing a less frightening proposition, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

"Customers have no recourse unless they can prove that the institution was negligent in the theft," said Matt Bienfang, a senior analyst with Tower Group, a financial services consulting firm in Needham, Mass. 

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