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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Firefox 96.0.3 and Firefox 91.5.1 ESR fix search Telemetry data sending issue

Mozilla will release Firefox 96.0.3 Stable and Firefox 91.5.1 ESR, Extended Support Release, later today. The new versions of Firefox address a Telemetry data sending issue in the browser. The rollout of […]

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Windows 11 will be offered to all eligible PCs ahead of schedule

Microsoft changed the rollout status of its Windows 11 operating system to broad deployment on January 26, 2022; the new status means that Windows 11 will be offered to all eligible devices […]

Ghacks Deals: Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2021 for Windows: Lifetime License for $49.99

Now is your chance to purchase a lifetime copy of Microsoft Office Professional Plus for a one-time payment of just $49.99 on Ghacks Deals. The retail price is $439.99.  Mac users get […]

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Open Source app TapTap brings Android's Quick Tap feature to unsupported devices

TapTap is an open source application for Google's Android operating system that brings Android 12's Quick Tap feature to devices running Android 7 and up. Google implemented Quick Tap in Android 12 […]

The Android August Security Patch is Available for Pixel Phones

Why I won't buy a new phone when my Google Pixel Android phone runs out of support

I bought a Google Pixel 3a Android phone shortly after it was released. Google pledged three years of support for the device, which will run out in May 2022. Previously, I bought […]

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Google drops FLoC and announces Topics as the future cookie-less advertising system

Google announced the new Topics API for its Privacy Sandbox project on January 25, 2022, which replaces the controversial FLoC project. When Google announced FLoC, Federated Learning of Cohorts, back in mid-2021, […]

Ghacks Deals: The Ultimate Software Testing Bundle

The Ultimate Software Testing Bundle contains 11 software testing related eLearning courses with 84 hours of total content. The bundle includes introductory courses for beginners but also specialized courses for intermediate and […]

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FastCopy 4 is now available

FastCopy, a Windows tool that is designed to speed up and improve copy processes on Windows machines, has reached version 4 recently. The developer of the application released FastCopy 4, 4.01, and […]

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WinRAR 6.1 drops Windows XP support, adds Windows 11 context menu support

RARLAB, the developer of the archiving software WinRAR, released WinRAR 6.1 in January 2022. The new version of WinRAR changes the system requirements, as support for Microsoft's Windows XP operating system has […]

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Microsoft tests a new quick actions sidebar in Edge

Some Microsoft Edge Canary users are seeing a new quick actions sidebar on the right side of the web browser. It appears that Microsoft is A-B testing the functionality at the time; […]

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Microsoft does not want you to set 25 Windows Update policies anymore

Microsoft's Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems have different sets of policies that administrators may configure. Some policies should not be set anymore according to Microsoft because "they have become irrelevant […]

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How to restore Firefox's classic download behavior

Mozilla plans to change the download behavior of the Firefox web browser in Firefox 97; this guide helps restore the classic download functionality of the browser. Firefox users who download files currently […]

Microsoft force installs Windows 10 version 21H2 on 20H2 devices

Microsoft announced this week via the company's Windows Update Twitter channel that it is rolling out Windows 10 version 21H2 to devices running the older 20H2 version of the Windows 10 operating […]


ProtonMail introduces Tracking Protection feature

Secure email provider ProtonMail launched a new protective feature called Tracking Protection recently. The feature aims to protect users of the service better against tracking attempts. ProtonMail users who use the web […]

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Here is what is new in Firefox 96.0.2

Mozilla released Firefox 96.0.2 to the Stable channel on January 20, 2022. The new version of the browser fixes three issues that affect Facebook, LastPass and audio play on Linux. Firefox 96.0.2 […]

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Startpage Search Engine launches Privacy Protection extension

Startpage Privacy Protection is a new browser extension by the privacy-focused search engine Startpage with two main purposes: reveal privacy scores of visited websites and give users more privacy-related controls to reduce […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2022 Ultimate Cisco Certification Training Bundle

The 2022 Ultimate Cisco Certification Training Bundle prepares you for several Cisco certification exams, including Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) Routing & Switching 100-490, Cisco CCNP Enterprise ENCOR (350-401) and Cisco CCNP Enterprise […]

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Chrome 97 update fixes 26 vulnerabilities (1 critical)

Google released a new version of its Chrome web browser to the public. The new version of the web browser, Chrome 97.0.4692.99, is a security update that addresses 26 different issues in […]

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Google ends the G Suite legacy free edition leaving users worried

G Suite legacy free edition was a free edition of Google's G Suite offering that customers could sign-up for prior to December 6, 2012. Google announced recently that it will end support […]

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You may soon display vertical tabs in Microsoft Edge on the right side

Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser will soon get a couple of new features and improvements, including several that improve the vertical tabs feature of the browser. One of the distinguishing factors of Edge […]

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Firefox will soon download files automatically instead of displaying a prompt

Firefox users who download files from the Internet will soon notice that Mozilla changed the default process from displaying a prompt for each download to downloading files automatically, just like Chrome and […]

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O&O DeskInfo: display system information on the Windows desktop

O&O DeskInfo is a free application by the German software company O&O Software GMBH. The application displays system information on the desktop when it is run. O&O DeskInfo has a download size […]

Ghacks Deals: The Complete C# Master Class Course

The Complete C# Master Class Course teaches you the fundamentals of the C# programming language and the .NET framework. The course has 120 lectures and 21 hours of content, and it covers […]

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KB5010795 out-of-band update for Windows 11, 10 and Windows Server released

Microsoft released out-of-band updates for Windows 11, Windows Server 2022, Windows 10 and other client and server versions of Windows on January 17, 2022. Microsoft acknowledged that the January 2022 security updates […]

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Third-party Windows 11 Widgets are coming

When Microsoft revealed the Widgets feature of its upcoming Windows 11 operating system, it hinted at the possibility that third-party widgets could become a thing in the future. Widgets, for those who […]

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Benefits and Downsides of using disposable email services

In a world, in which more spam is send out day after day than regular emails, it is mostly up to the individual user to do something about it. Receiving less spam […]

How to Disable Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is the default antivirus solution of Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system. It is turned on by default, unless another security solution is installed that is recognized by the operating […]

FxSound promises to improve the sound quality on Windows

FxSound is a free audio program for Microsoft Windows devices that is designed to improve the quality of sound playback. FxSound was a commercial application called DFX Audio Enhance previously, but the […]

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Mozilla releases Firefox 96.0.1 to fix connection issues

Just days after the release of Firefox 96.0 comes the bug fix update Firefox 96.0.1; the new version fixes a connection issue that affected Firefox users this week. Firefox users started to […]

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Stardock's Start11 1.1 restores Start Menu folder support on Windows 11

A new version of the alternative Start Menu application for Windows 10 and 11, Start11, introduces support for Start Menu folders. Microsoft removed folder support from the Windows 11 Start Menu among […]

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Intel's dropping of SGX prevents Ultra HD Blu-Ray playback on PCs

Intel removed the security feature SGX from processors of the 11ths generation and newer generations. Problem is, the feature is one of the requirements to play Ultra HD Blu-Ray discs on computer […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2022 Complete Linux Programming Certification Bundle

The 2022 Complete Linux Programming Certification Bundle includes everything to get you starting using Linux and improving your chances of getting a job in IT. The bundle includes eight courses in total […]

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Some Firefox users report connection issues (workaround inside)

The latest stable versions of the Firefox web browser seem to cause connection issues for some users. Firefox 96.0, released this week, appears to be affected. It is unclear how widespread the […]

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Use all of DuckDuckGo's !bang shortcuts in Firefox

DuckDuckGo introduced !bang shortcuts very early in its life as a way for users to quickly use other services from the search engine's website. Adding !github, !ghacks or !google in front of […]

Handbrake 1.5.1 changes Windows requirements to Windows 10 or 11 and .NET 6

Handbrake 1.5.1, released a day after Handbrake 1.5.0 was released, is a major new release of the open source video transcoder. Among the many changes are new system requirements for the Windows […]

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Thunderbird 91.5.0 fixes several security issues

Thunderbird 91.5.0 Stable is a security update that addresses several issues in the open source email client. The new version of Thunderbird Stable is already available. It is pushed to user systems, […]

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates January 2022 overview

Microsoft released security updates and non-security updates for all supported versions of its Windows operating system and other company products on January 11, 2022. The first Patch Tuesday of the year 2022is […]

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Mozilla Firefox 96.0 release: here is what is new

Firefox 96.0's release date is January 11, 2022. It is the first Firefox Stable release of 2022. The new Firefox version includes some improvements and fixes, including security fixes. All other Firefox […]

Ghacks Deals: Surfshark One: VPN, Antivirus, Search, & Alert (74% off)

Mike reviewed Surfshark's VPN service back in October 2021 and concluded that it offered good options and performance. Now is your chance to grab a 1-year or 2-year Surfshark One subscription for […]

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Mozilla and Linux Mint sign a partnership agreement

Linux Mint, developer of the popular Linux distribution, and Mozilla, maker of the popular Firefox web browser and Thunderbird email client, have signed a partnership agreement. The Linux Mint team announced the […]