Norton now offers an Ethereum mining service in addition to antivirus software

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What you need to know

  • Norton has announced Norton Crypto, its own Ethereum-mining platform.
  • It will drastically reduce crypto mining barriers to entry.
  • The new feature is currently restricted to members of Norton's early adopter program.

Ethereum is a hot commodity, as are all cryptocurrencies, ranging from Bitcoin to Dogecoin. However, the process of mining for said currencies isn't an incredibly easy one, even if you're armed with the best crypto mining GPUs (such as the RTX 3060 Ti). That's why Norton is bringing Norton Crypto to the table.

Norton Crypto is the company's solution for capitalizing on the insane crypto market as well as giving newbies a safe, easy-to-use platform with which to begin their mining operations. No clue what a hashrate is or what MH/s stands for? Not a problem; Norton Crypto will ensure that you'll be mining crypto within a few clicks no matter the degree of ignorance you may have about the activity.

On the one hand, there is the clear-cut benefit of not having to work around antivirus software to get mining operations going, since mining for cryptocurrencies often involves disabling antivirus measures. That sort of exposure will no longer be an issue since Norton's antivirus (which is one of the best antivirus software) will keep on going while you use its built-in mining feature. Similarly, it'll be a corporate-backed, streamlined process, meaning it'll be among the safest and easiest possible ways to get into the crypto game.

However, there is the question of what Norton's gain will be. How's it going to profit off of users' earnings? Not to mention, profit itself will likely be nowhere near what can be achieved via personal dedicated mining efforts outside of Norton's system.

Questions abound, but one thing's almost a certainty: If Norton's getting in on the crypto hype, odds are other companies won't be far behind.

Robert Carnevale

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