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, Lifehacker.com, ComputerWorld, LinkedIn, Reddit, Betanews.com, Bleeping Computer, TechCrunch, PC World, Tom's Hardware, Slashdot, Hacker News, The Register, and more.

Martin's articles on Ghacks

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Google starts integration of password checker in Chrome browser

Google's Chrome web browser supports password saving and management options just like any other modern web browser. The browser offers to save passwords by default when it recognizes that a user enters […]

Ghacks Deals: Adguard Premium: Lifetime Subscription ($29.99)

AdGuard is a popular ad-blocking solution that is available for various desktop and mobile operating system, browsers, and DNS solution. It can be run on the system level instead of in a […]

acronis true image 2020

A look at the backup software Acronis True Image 2020

Acronis True Image 2020 is the latest installment in Acronis' long-standing backup product series. It is a commercial backup program, a trial version is provided on the Acronis website that interested users […]

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Facebook rolls out Off-Facebook Activity controls

Facebook started to roll out a new privacy tool called Off-Facebook Activity to users from Ireland, Spain, and South Korea earlier today. Designed to give users of the site better control over […]

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Firefox add-on DownThemAll makes a comeback

Several add-on developers criticized Mozilla in 2015 when the maker of Firefox revealed that it would drop the classic Firefox add-ons system to replace it with a new system based on WebExtensions. […]

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Opera 63.0 Stable is out: here is what is new

Opera Software released a new version of the company's desktop web browser Opera to the public on August 20, 2019. Opera 63.0 improves the browser's private mode among other things. Opera users […]

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Vivaldi 2.7 is out: here is what is new

Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 2.7, a new stable version of the company's Vivaldi web browser, on August 21, 2019 to the public. The new release refines features of the web browser and […]

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Microsoft moves Notepad to the Microsoft Store

The plain text editor Notepad has been turned into a Microsoft Store application in the latest preview builds of the next major feature update for Windows 10, version 20H1. Notepad is certainly […]

Ghacks Deals: Google Analytics Certification: Get Certified In 2 Days (just $13.99)

The Google Analytics Certification: Get Certified In 2 Days is designed for users of all experience levels; ideal for beginning webmasters and those that want to use Google Analytics to its fullest […]

KB4512514 august 2019

Microsoft releases KB4512478 and KB4512514 previews

Microsoft released the monthly rollup previews KB4512478 and KB4512514 for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 this weekend. The release on a Saturday is a deviation […]

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Here is what you can do against auto-playing trailers on Netflix

If I had to name one thing that I really, really dislike about Netflix I'd pick the auto-playing trailers on the site. Netflix calls these video previews, and they play automatically whenever […]

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VLC Media Player 3.0.8 is a security update

VideoLAN, the organization behind one of the most popular media players VLC Media Player, released VLC Media Player 3.0.8 today. VLC Media Player 3.0.8 is a security update that patches a total […]

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Opera Touch update introduces improved file sharing capabilities

Remember Opera Touch? Opera Software released the first version of the mobile browser Opera Touch in April 2018 to the public.  The browser was available for Android initially but it is now […]

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Back to Basics: Windows Shutdown Autostart explained

Windows supports autostart functionality; the autostart on startup feature is the better known variant but there is also an option to autostart on shutdown. Some programs add entries to the autostart list […]

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Windows 10 20H1: Paint and WordPad turned into optional features

Windows 10 20H1, the first feature update version of 2020 for Windows 10 and the first major update for Windows 10 after Windows 10 version 1903, will introduce quite a number of […]

KB4512534 windows 10 1809

KB4512534 for Windows 10 version 1809 fixes VB bug and more

Microsoft released the cumulative update KB4512534 for its Windows 10 version 1809 operating system on August 17, 2019. The update follows the release of the updates KB4517297 for Windows 7 and Windows […]

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First updates released that fix the Windows VB bugs

Microsoft released updates for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 version 1709, as well as Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2 that addresses the recently discovered Visual Basic […]

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Google Chrome 82 won't support FTP anymore

Google Chrome 82 won't support FTP anymore according to the recently published "Intent to Deprecate: FTP Support" document by Google. All modern web browsers support FTP at the time of writing. Users […]