Gavin Phillips

Freelance Contributor


Falmouth University


Market research




  • 8 years of freelance technology writing experience, as well as market research, marketing, and copywriting.
  • Senior Writer for MakeUseOf and former Technology Explained section editor with 400 published articles.
  • B.A. (Hons) Contemporary Writing with Digital Art Studies.


Gavin has been tinkering with technology since he was young, first getting to grips with an Amstrad laptop in the early 90s, then a Sega Master System shortly after. He's been a constant family technology technician and still runs a side-business helping people with malware removal and other issues.

Gavin graduated from Falmouth University in 2010 and started writing about technology in earnest, joining MakeUseOf in 2014 and quickly rising to the role of Technology Explained section editor.

He now writes primarily about cybersecurity, malware removal and prevention, and Windows operating systems, making sure everyone can understand some of the more difficult security concepts to better protect their devices.


Gavin graduated from Falmouth University (Dartington College of Art Campus) with a B.A. (Hons) Contemporary Writing with Digital Art Studies. He is currently studying for his A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications.

A Message from Gavin Phillips

Technology shouldn't be a chore, and there's nothing I like more than hearing how I helped or if I could offer more advice on a topic.

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