MuseGlobal, Inc. has announced a new authentication option to MuseSearch, providing more flexible alternatives for retrieving data from subscription-based HTTP sources. Authentication is a key component of a federated search product, and this announcement is intended to expand the range of methods available to MuseSearch users. Originally, MuseSearch used a proxy wrapper with a proxy server to ensure that the user's browser had access to all information passed between the Muse server and the information source server during the search process--regardless of the use of session cookies, authentication cookies, HTTP authentication fields, or authentication by IP address. MuseGlobal simplifies administration by including the Muse Proxy Server with this re-writing filter component. The user's search is sent to MuseSearch and the search is performed as usual. Returned results have their links automatically re-written so they include the Muse proxy in the loop when retrieving the full text of documents. In this way authentication is maintained and the user is not required to individually log on to the content provider servers. MuseGlobal's product design philosophy emphasizes the ability of end users to focus on the discovery-to-delivery process, rather than spending time administering system tools.