Joli Ballew

Joli Ballew



University of Texas


Microsoft Applications

Mac OS

Network Security

Computer Hardware


  • Microsoft MVP.
  • trainer.
  • Microsoft Press author.
  • Professor at Brookhaven, Collin, and Eastfield Community Colleges.


Joli Ballew is a former freelance contributor for Lifewire. She has contributed nearly 60 articles to the site on topics that range from home networking and security to getting the most from handheld devices.

As an expert on Microsoft applications, network security, Mac OS, and all manner of hardware and software, she has authored nearly 60 books in more than a dozen languages. She has been creating and presenting courses at since 2015 and teaches courses at Brookhaven, Collin, and Eastfield Community Colleges. She was a trainer and curriculum writer with InTechDev and a secondary algebra teacher. She runs a popular YouTube channel with more than 1 million views.


Joli holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics with a minor in English literature from the University of Texas. Her Microsoft certifications include MCSE, MCDST, MCTS, and MCT.

Awards and Publications

Lifewire and Dotdash

Lifewire is a Top 10 technology information website, as rated by comScore, a leading internet measurement company. We reach more than 10 million readers per month with our trusted, clear, and actionable answers to your most pressing technology questions.

Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 80 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy,, TreeHugger and Thoughtco.

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