Martin Brinkmann

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Martin Brinkmann is a journalist from Germany who founded Ghacks Technology News back in 2005. Martin started his career as a tech support representative at a large German financial corporation which he used to finance his college education in English, Information Technology and History.

He quit college and his job when Ghacks began to attract a large enough readership. He made the decision to become a full time blogger and webmaster, and has not looked back since.

Martin is interested in all things tech. His primary focus is on desktop operating systems, web browsers, Internet services, and privacy related topics.

He published the book The Complete Windows 10 Privacy Guide: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update version in 2017. Martin writes a weekly column for fellow tech site Betanews as well.

You can reach Martin on Facebook or on Twitter. Please use the contact form at the bottom of the page to contact the author directly.

Martin has been quoted or mentioned in many major online and print publications, including Forbes,, ComputerWorld, LinkedIn, Reddit,, Bleeping Computer, TechCrunch, PC World, Tom's Hardware, Slashdot, Hacker News, The Register, and more.

Martin's articles on Ghacks

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`Good News: non-business legacy Google G Suite customers may keep their accounts after all

Google revealed plans to shut down the G Suite legacy free edition in January 2022. The company gave customers only two options at the time: sign-up for a paid plan to continue […]

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Vector Graphics Editor Inkscape 1.2 is now available

Inkscape is an open source cross-platform vector graphics editor. Inkscape 1.2, released on May 16, 2022, is the first major release of 2022. It includes a large number of changes, including multi-page […]

Ghacks Deals: The Coding From Scratch Bootcamp Bundle

The Coding From Scratch Bootcamp Bundle includes four courses that teach you Python, Java, Tailwind CSS and Sass. Access to the courses is set to lifetime, and the entire bundle is available […]

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Trackers may collect data that you type even before hitting submit

Many websites come with web forms, for example, to sign-in to an account, create a new account, leave a public comment or contact the website owner. What most Internet users may not […]

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Nvidia releases security update for out-of-support GPUs

Nvidia published a security bulletin on May 16, 2022 in which it informs customers about a new software security update for the Nvidia GPU display driver. The update patches security issues in […]

Microsoft's replaces bundled Quick Assist app with Microsoft Store version

Quick Assist is a remote assistance application that is part of Microsoft's Windows 10 and 11 operating systems. Up until now, Quick Assist was available to all users to get remote assistance, […]

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First look at Portmaster, an open source cross-platform network monitor

Portmaster is a free open source cross-platform network activity monitor that is available in an early version for Windows and the Linux distributions Ubuntu and Fedora. Portmaster combines traditional network activity monitoring […]

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Thunderbird's donation-driven revenue rose 21% in 2021

The Thunderbird team published the financial report of 2021 for the Thunderbird project last month. Revenue rose by 21% in 2021 to $2.796 million when compared to the $2.3 million the project […]

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Firefox 100.0.1 released with improved Windows process isolation

Mozilla Firefox 100.0.1 is a small bug fix release that addresses issues in the browser's Picture-in-Picture mode and improves process isolation on Windows devices. Mozilla planned to release the new version on […]

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How to use compact.exe to free up disk space on Windows

Microsoft introduced new options for the command line tool compact.exe in the Windows 10 operating system. It allows users to compress folders on the system using new algorithms to free up disk […]


How to bypass the Microsoft Account requirement during Windows setup

Every few years, Microsoft is making it more difficult to create a local account during setup of the Windows operating system. The company announced in February 2022 that new setups and first […]

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CCleaner 6.0 launches with new Performance Optimizer tool

Piriform released CCleaner 6.0, a new major milestone for the system optimizer, this week to the public. The new version is available as a feature-limited free version and a professional version. CCleaner […]

Ghacks Deals: The Jumbo 2022 Javascript Bundle

JavaScript is one of the most popular programming languages; if you want to get started with the language or finetune your skills, you may find the Jumbo 2022 JavaScript Bundle perfectly suited […]

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Thunderbird 102 to include an improved Import Tool

The team that is developing the Thunderbird email client has been working on the next major release of Thunderbird for some time. One of the new features of Thunderbird 102 is an […]

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First Windows 11 version 23H2 build released with Suggested Actions feature

Microsoft released two new Insider builds for the company's Windows 11 operating system this week. The first, Windows 11 build 25115, marks the beginning of the development of the 2023 feature update […]

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May 2022 Windows 11 update KB5013943 may break apps

If you have installed the May 2022 cumulative update for Windows 11, you may have experienced issues with applications. Certain apps may crash, fail to open, or have other issues on affected […]

Ghacks Deals: The Complete Microsoft Windows, 365, & Teams Certification Training Bundle

More than 120 hours of content on almost everything Microsoft in the Complete Microsoft Windows, 365, & Teams Certification Training Bundle. Access to all courses is set to lifetime. Here is what […]

Windows Package Manager winget is getting portable application support

The latest development version of the open source Windows Package Manager winget has preliminary support for portable applications. The first version of the Windows Package Manager was released in 2020, the first […]

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates May 2022 overview

Microsoft released security and non-security updates for its Windows operating system and for other company products on the May 2022 Patch Day. Updates are available for all client and server versions of […]

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Pale Moon 31 is out now

Pale Moon 31 is the latest version of the desktop web browser. The new version of the browser comes after Pale Moon 29.4.6; this is done to avoid confusion regarding the Pale […]

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New malware attack stores payloads in the Windows event log

Security researchers have uncovered new malware that is using the Windows event log to store to store malicious codes. The researchers note that this is the first time the technique has been […]

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First Intel Arc A370M benchmarks suggest Nvidia RTX 3050 performance levels

First benchmarks of Intel's new Arc A370M mobile graphics adapter suggest that the device delivers performance levels that are similar to Nvidia's RTX 3050 mobile graphics adapter. New laptops with Intel discrete […]

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Revo Uninstaller Pro 5.0.0 released with lots of improvements

Revo Uninstaller Pro 5.0.0 was released on May 9, 2022. The new version of the popular software removal tool introduces support for several new features, including an uninstall history log, batch uninstalls […]

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Opinion: No One needs a screenshot tool in a web browser

Many modern web browsers support screenshot functionality to capture screenshots without leaving the browser, but are these tools really needed? Firefox users right-click on a page to select the "take screenshot" feature […]

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Hitomi Downloader: versatile media downloader for Windows

Hitomi Downloader is an open source media downloader for Microsoft's Windows operating system that can be extended with user scripts. The downloader supports downloads from many sites by default, including YouTube, Facebook, […]


How to display all cached DNS entries on Windows

The Windows operating system uses a cache for DNS entries. DNS (Domain Name System) is a core technology of the Internet that is being used for communication. In particular, it is used […]

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KeePass 2.51 Password Manager update launches with user interface improvements

KeePass 2.51 has been released. The new version of the popular password manager features user interface and integration enhancements for the most part. KeePass is a local password manager for Windows, that […]

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Google, Microsoft and Apple commit to passwordless sign-in standard

Google, Microsoft and Apple have announced support for expanding passwordless sign-in support across major operating systems and devices. The three companies announced plans on May 5, 2022 to support a passwordless sign-in […]


How to use local accounts on Windows 11 version 22H2 devices

Microsoft announced that it would extend the Windows 11 Home requirement of a Microsoft Account and Internet connection during setup to Windows 11 Pro in early 2022. The upcoming Windows 11 version […]

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Tor's Congestion Control feature promises improved performance

Tor Project released a new version of Tor, version, on May 4, 2022 to the public. Tor is the first version of the service that supports congestion control, a new […]

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Fix Pale Moon browser not passing Cloudflare's "Checking Your Browser" verification

The Pale Moon web browser runs into an infinite "checking your browser" loop on sites that use Cloudflare's browser integrity check feature. I confirmed the issue in the latest release versions of […]

Ghacks Deals: Password Boss Premium: Lifetime Subscription (Unlimited Devices)

Password Boss is a cross-platform password manager, that has a strong focus on security. The premium version of the password manager allows one user to install the password manager on an unlimited […]

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Samsung Internet 17.0 Browser released: anti-tracking and usability improvements

Samsung Electronics released Samsung Internet 17.0, the company's official mobile browser, on May 4, 2022. The new version of Samsung's browser blocks Internet tracking automatically and improves the usability in several meaningful […]

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KB5012643 for Windows 11 may crash some .Net apps

Microsoft released the preview update KB5012643 for Windows 11 on April 25, 2022. Preview updates are not installed automatically via Windows Update; Microsoft uses the previews to test the updates and fix […]

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AV-Comparatives: Microsoft Defender has a large impact on system performance

Security research and testing company AV-Comparatives released the results of its April 2022 Performance test. The test analyzed the system performance impact of antivirus solutions on Windows devices. The company ran a […]

Ghacks Deals: The Complete 2022 Linux Certification Training Bundle

The Complete 2022 Linux Certification Training Bundle includes 12 online learning courses that teach Linux skills. The bundle is ideal for beginners who want to get started with Linux, but it may […]

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Thunderbird mobile application is coming soon

Users of the open source email client Thunderbird may soon install it as an application for use on mobile devices. Thunderbird is a popular desktop email client, but it is not available […]

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Mozilla releases Firefox 100: here is what is new

The first three-digit version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser has been released on May 3, 2022. Firefox 100 introduces a whole range of new features and improvements, including captions and subtitle support […]

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Microsoft Edge beats Safari and Firefox to become second after Chrome on desktop systems

Microsoft's Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser surpassed the 10% usage share market on desktop systems in April 2022 according to Statcounter; this means that it is second only to Google Chrome, which […]

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Ransomware Study 2022: attacks are up, ransom payments are increasing

Ransomware attacks are increasing and getting more complex, according to the State of Ransomware 2022 report, which cybersecurity firm Sophos published. Companies are getting better at restoring data after attacks, but ransom […]