In a rare move where not all antivirus programs offers such feature, at least till date, one of the world's best-known anti-virus software makers is adding cryptocurrency mining to its product. Norton 360 customers will have access to an Ethereum mining feature in the "coming weeks".

NortonLifeLock (formerly known as Symantec Corporation) has announced the launch of Norton™ Crypto, a new feature designed to enable consumers to safely and easily mine cryptocurrency through its trusted Norton™ 360 platform.

Starting today, select Norton 360 customers in Norton’s early adopter program will be invited to mine for Ethereum initially and thereafter, in the coming weeks, Norton Crypto is expected to become available to all Norton 360 customers.

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However, the company said that for mining the cryptocurrency Norton 360 customers may require certain PC hardware to use this service. Norton also warns of "allowing unvetted code on their machines" and the danger of storing earnings on a hard drive which could fail.

Norton Crypto delivers a secure, reliable way for consumers to mine for Ethereum without opening themselves and their devices up to these pitfalls. Once cryptocurrency has been earned, customers can track and transfer earnings into their Norton Crypto Wallet, which is stored in the cloud so it cannot be lost due to hard drive failure.

Vincent Pilette, CEO of NortonLifeLock said --
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. Norton Crypto is yet another innovative example of how we are expanding our Cyber Safety platform to protect our customers’ ever-evolving digital lives.

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