Martin Brinkmann, Author at gHacks Technology News

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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HTTPS Everywhere to use DuckDuckGo's Smarter Encryption before reaching End of Life

HTTPS Everywhere by the EFF will switch from using its own rulesets to using rulesets provided by DuckDuckGo's Smarter Encryption technology exclusively. The browser extension was released in 2010 to switch to […]

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Firefox 90 won't handle FTP sites anymore

Mozilla announced today that Mozilla's Firefox web browser won't support the FTP protocol from Firefox 90 onward. It was clear that FTP support would be removed from the browser, but it was […]

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Startpage Search retires Advanced Search page

If you have been to main search page of Startpage recently, you may have noticed that the link to the site's advanced search feature is not there anymore. Users who have bookmarked […]

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Microsoft Edge for Android released as a preview

Microsoft released Microsoft Edge for Android today to the public. Android users who want to try out Edge for Android can download and install the development version from Google Play. Microsoft Edge […]

Ghacks Deals: The CompTIA Security Infrastructure Expert Bundle (Price Drop)

The CompTIA Security Infrastructure Expert Bundle, an eLearning bundle to prep for CompTIA certification exams, has seen another price drop. Zou can grab the entire bundle for just $29.99 currently, down from […]

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Google Chrome 90 has been released

Google released Chrome 90 Stable to the public on April 14, 2021. The new version of Chrome is available for all supported operating systems. It includes new features, improvements, bug and security […]

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Firefox Stable gets option to show modified preferences on about:config only

Mozilla added an option to the about:config page of Firefox Stable that allows users to list only modified preferences. The organization launched the option in Firefox Nightly in February 2021 initially. Firefox's […]

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Windows 10's upcoming Device Usage feature is unfortunately not very spectacular

Microsoft is working on a new feature called Device Usage that it plans to integrate in future versions of the operating system. Device Usage is available in the latest Insider builds for […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2021 Complete Microsoft Azure Certification Prep Bundle (just $34.99)

The 2021 Complete Microsoft Azure Certification Prep Bundle includes six Azure certification courses for just $34.99. Courses are designed for users of all experience levels, and you may access them for lifetime. […]

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Vivaldi says no to Google's FLoC as well

More and more Chromium-based browser makers confirm that they won't include Google's FLoC technology in their browsers. DuckDuckGo added FLoC blocking capabilities to its extension recently.  Brave revealed earlier this week that […]

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates April 2021 overview

Microsoft released security and non-security updates, including KB5001330, for supported versions of Microsoft Windows and other company products such as Office on the April 2021 Patch Tuesday. Our guide provides administrators and […]

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Solution: how to fix the Windows Update 0x80070422 error

Windows operating systems may display error code 0x80070422 during updating operations. In this guide, we provide background information on the issue and solutions on how to repair devices that show the error […]

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Brave reveals why it is disabling Google's FLoC in the browser

When Google announced FLoC, an attempt to replace interest-based advertising that is based on cookies with something else, it was clear from the get-go that Google's plans would fine heavy opposition. The […]

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First Look at Microsoft Edge's Workspaces feature

Microsoft Edge is getting a new feature called Workspaces. Workspaces are designed to improve the manageability of open sites in the browser, by using different workspaces for different tasks. The feature is […]

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Firefox's Drag Space Customize Option will be removed for most users

Mozilla is working on a visual refresh for the organization's Firefox web browser. Called Proton internally, it is an attempt to modernize the user interface of the web browser. Tabs, the address […]

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Wormhole promises to be a better longer-living Firefox Send alternative

Wormhole is a new file sharing service that promises to be a better longer-living version of Firefox Send, a file sharing service that Mozilla discontinued some time ago. Does Wormhole live up […]

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Mozilla postpones Firefox 89 release date by 2 weeks

Firefox 89 will be a major new Firefox version; while all stable releases that bump the version by 1 may be considered major, there are only a few that make fundamental changes […]

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DuckDuckGo Extension blocks Google FLoC in latest update

DuckDuckGo released a new version of its browser extension, called DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials, for all supported web browsers this week. The new version blocks FLoC interactions on websites to protect the privacy […]