Here at The Washington Post, we report on the many ways Big Tech takes your personal data — and your attention — to turn a profit.

This week, we announced Help Desk, a whole new team of Washington Post journalists dedicated to reporting trusted advice about personal tech. We answer the important questions: How does tech affect your privacy, your security, your family, your health, the environment and, yes, even democracy?

Put simply, we’re here to hold these companies accountable for the products you interact with every day. But that starts with you — the reader. We want to answer your questions about the apps and algorithms in all our lives.

Have a question about the products you use every day? The Post’s Geoffrey A. Fowler, Tatum Hunter, Heather Kelly, Chris Velazco and Danielle Abril are members of the Help Desk and answered your questions on Thursday.

Geoffrey A. Fowler last month exposed the privacy price of Facebook and wrote a guide to stopping it from tracking you. Tatum Hunter recently reported on the rise in pandemic-related phishing scams and the signs to look for in your inbox. Chris Velazco just reviewed Facebook’s “smart glasses,” and the security questions these spectacles raise. Heather Kelly wrote a guide about conserving your phone battery during a natural disaster. And Danielle Abril wrote about how the new abortion law in Texas is making tech workers wary and leading them to rethink their moves to the state.

Read the full transcript below.

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Teddy Amenabar, an editor on The Post’s audience team, produced this Q&A.