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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BinaryEye is an open source ad-free barcode scanner for Android

BinaryEye is a highly rated open source barcode and QR code reader for Android devices that supports generating codes as well. Modern Android versions include QR scanning functionality provided that Google Apps […]

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That high pitched noise you are hearing on your Windows 10 devices? It is a bug!

Microsoft confirmed a new issue that is affecting the company's Windows 10 operating system. According to the report, users may hear a high pitched noise when they are using 5.1 audio with […]

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Custom browser protocol handlers may be used for fingerprinting

When you install certain applications on your desktop systems, so-called custom protocol handlers may be added. These are used to launch the application in question, e.g. to initiate a Skype call or […]

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keyboardPrivacy is a device that protects you against typing-based profiling

Remember keyboardPrivacy? We reviewed the proof-of-concept Chrome extension back in 2015 when it was first released to protect its users against one from of behavioral targeting: the analysis of typing patterns. All […]


Microsoft updates its Windows Update diagnosis tool SetupDiag and includes it in Windows Setup

SetupDiag is a standalone diagnosis tool by Microsoft designed to provide system administrators with information on why a Windows update or upgrade failed on a particular system. Up until now, administrators had […]

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Lively Wallpaper 1.5 with taskbar theming support released

Lively Wallpaper 1.5 has just been released. The new version of the open source wallpaper application for Windows introduces support for taskbar theming. I reviewed Lively Wallpaper back in December 2020 and […]

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Try this if you are getting error code 0x800f0922 on Windows 10

If you are getting the error code 0x800f0922 when you are installing the latest cumulative update KB5003173 for Windows 10 versions 2004 and 20H2, then you may have asked yourself about the […]

Ghacks Deals: Pay What You Want: The 2021 Learn to Code JavaScript Certification Bundle

The 2021 Learn to Code JavaScript Certification Bundle is a Pay What You Want eLearning bundle.  It includes nine different JavaScript related courses in total, and the entire bundle is available for […]


FragAttacks: vulnerabilities that affect Wi-Fi devices

Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef discovered several security vulnerabilities that affect most Wi-Fi devices. The collection of attacks, called FragAttacks, which stands for fragmentation and aggregation attacks, requires that that attacker is within […]

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How to download MSI Afterburner

MSI Afterburner is an excellent program for video cards, not only cards by MSI, that can best be described as an overlocking/underclocking utility for Windows with extra features baked into the application. […]

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates May 2021 overview

It is the second Tuesday of the month, and that means it is Patch Day at Microsoft. Microsoft released security and non-security updates for all supported versions of the company's Windows operating […]

Ghacks Deals: Recover (accidentally) deleted files with Recuva Pro

If you have ever deleted files by accident, you may know how difficult to near impossible it can be to restore the files. Backups may help, but if you don't have one, […]

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Find out if your browser supports the new image format JPEG XL

JPEG XL is a next-generation image format. It has the file extension .jxl and "offers significantly better image quality and compression ratios than legacy JPEG" according to the JPEG Committee. It is […]

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Hide Twitter Trends and other sidebar suggestions

Twitter displays a sidebar with regional trends and other suggestions when you use the service's web version. Some Twitter users may find these useful, others that it is a distraction or not […]

Avira Free Security for Mac is an excellent security software for Apple Macintosh devices

Avira Free Security for Mac is a free antivirus, security and privacy solution for Apple Macintosh devices that protects Macs reliably from attacks. Macs do need security software as devices running Mac […]

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Readian News is an Android and web-based news reader that puts you in control

Readian News is a brand new news reader application for Google Android devices and a web news reader. It puts users in control when it comes to news sources and topics to […]

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Here is what is going to happen if you don't accept WhatsApp's new Privacy Policy

WhatsApp owner Facebook is pushing privacy policy acceptance prompts in WhatsApp currently to users of the messaging application that have not accepted the new policy yet. WhatsApp extended the deadline for the […]

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How to fix the Firefox 89 user interface

A new interface design, called Proton, will launch in Firefox 89, scheduled for a release on June 1, 2021. Mozilla wants to modernize the user interface of the Firefox web browser with […]