Nowadays, antivirus programs not only protect against viruses and other malware but also prevent unwanted mining of cryptocurrencies. In the case of Norton 360, this is included – as an explicit feature.
Crypto miners and anti-virus software are in themselves two issues that stand on opposite ends. To find both in one product, however, is rather unusual. Norton is trying that, however, and will therefore not only make friends. However, Norton believes that providing and disclosing such an application is a good thing, as it is an honest thing.
On the one hand, Norton 360 protects against unwanted miners, on the other hand, the Ethereum application can be used to mine if desired. Like Bleeping Computer reports, the feature is called “Norton Crypto” and will initially be distributed to users who are part of the early adopter program. If you decide to activate the feature, the GPU is used to farm Ethereum, and the cryptocurrency is then transferred to a wallet hosted by Norton.
However, it is not clear whether Norton Crypto mining runs independently or whether you are part of a larger user pool. Probably the latter, because the hurdles to mine Ethereum alone are very high. In this case, Norton should also collect a small fee, which is usual in such cases. For the time being, you can only mine Ethereum through Norton Crypto, but Norton told CNN that it is considering allowing other “reputable cryptocurrencies” later.
Norton sells the whole thing as a safer and more trustworthy mining way. In a press release, Vincent Pilette, CEO of NortonLifeLock said: “As the crypto economy becomes an increasingly important part of our customers’ lives, we want to enable them to mine cryptocurrency with Norton, a brand they trust. Norton Crypto is another innovative example of how we are expanding our cybersecurity platform to protect our customers’ ever-evolving digital lives.“
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