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Hi, if you could help me out with this I would really appreciate it! I was wondering, is it possible to get a virus from just browsing a website on my phone or from downloading... an image? I have the Sony Xperia Z1 and am also using Norton Security so that should warn me if something is wrong, right?Caelum Cunnane

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Yes, but not in the way that you mentioned, you...

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