Norton adds feature that lets you mine Ethereum through Norton 360

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While 2020 was marked by sourdough bread baking and Zoom calls for everything from work to socialising, 2021 is becoming the year of cryptocurrency.

We’ve seen Bitcoin balloon then crash and DogeCoin is somehow more popular than it was at launch.

It seems like everybody wants a piece of the cryptocurrency pie and now NortonLifeLock has announced you can too.

“As the crypto economy continues to become a more important part of our customers’ lives, we want to empower them to mine cryptocurrency with Norton, a brand they trust,” said chief executive officer at NortonLifeLock Vincent Pilette talking about Norton Crypto.

Norton Crypto is a feature within Norton 360 that allows you to mine Ethereum.

Why? Well NortonLifeLock correctly points out that in order to start mining one has to disable security solutions because many security solutions consider mining applications malicious. While the application you use to mine may not be malicious, having to disable your firewall and security application isn’t a good idea.

Once Ethereum is mined through Norton Crypto, it will be stored in the cloud-based Norton Crypto Wallet.

The question you might be asking is how much one could earn by mining Ethereum through this platform and the answer is – it depends on what hardware you have.

For example, according to Hashrates.com, the best card for Ethereum mining right now is the Nvidia Titan V 12GB GPU which could earn you $257.34 per month. That is to say, provided it was operating at full tilt everyday of the month which isn’t something we think the person in the street can justify.

Whether Norton Crypto users are being pooled to increase the returns from their mining is unclear but as BleepingComputer points out, this could help Norton generate a bit of additional money. Norton hasn’t confirmed this of course so we aren’t entirely sure what the play is here.

Norton Crypto is being rolled out to Norton 360 customers in the coming weeks. While we don’t promise you’ll get rich off mining this way, it might be a fun experiment especially if your PC sits there gathering dust most of the day.

[Source – BusinessWire]

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.

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