A new alliance should make it a bit easier to get around the web without accumulating yet more usernames and passwords.

The Open Identity Exchange will enable users of PayPal, Google and Equifax to sign into certain US government websites using their credentials from those sites.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the first government website accepting these credentials. Once signed into the NIH website with, say, a PayPal ID, users can perform customized library searches, access training resources, register for conferences, and contribute to medical research wikis. Read more