Bill Phillips is the author of the "Lock" article in the World Book Encyclopedia. His articles have also appeared in Consumers Digest, Home Mechanix (Security Editor), The National Locksmith (Contributing Writer), Keynotes, Locksmith Ledger International (Contributing Editor), Safe & Vault Technology, Security Dealer, the Los Angeles Times, and other periodicals. He is the author of 13 books, including: The Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing, 7th edition (McGraw-Hill); The Complete Book of Home, Site and Office Security (McGraw-Hill); The Complete Book of Electronic Security (McGraw-Hill); the Home Mechanix Guide to Security (John Wiley & Sons); and Hassle-Free Home Security (Doubleday Book and Music Club).
Bill Phillips holds black belts in the korean arts of tang soo do and dang su du. He studied under master Eddie Dickens. Bill also trained with Renzo Gracie, Joe Lewis, and Bill "superfoot" Wallace.