Even if you don’t use it, you’ve probably heard of the name Norton 360. While it’s primarily an antivirus and internet security software, it will soon come with an extra feature. And that, of all things, is Ethereum mining.
Fittingly, the feature is simply called Norton Crypto. The company says that this will allow people to mine for cryptocurrency while still staying safe. It cites two reasons for this, one being the fact that mining software frequently gets flagged by antivirus software. So having one coming with an antivirus software will solve that issue, sort of.
The other reason is that this allows users to avoid “many barriers to entry in the cryptocurrency ecosystem”. Indeed, mining for crypto can be quite the complicate affair, from choosing which to mine to choosing a wallet. Though for this, any Ethereum users mine using Norton Crypto will be stored in its own Norton Wallet. Users can then “pull money into Coinbase”, according to a statement to The Verge.
Cryptocurrency mining is certainly an odd inclusion to an antivirus software suite. As something that’s usually taxing enough for your PC, it can now potentially be even more so with a feature that usually works using a system’s GPU.