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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Chrome and Edge support NVIDIA RTX Super Resolution

NVIDIA unveiled a new technology in January 2023 that is capable of upscaling videos to 4K resolution on the company's most powerful graphics cards. Called RTX Video Super Resolution, it is designed […]

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Improve KeePass security with this simple configuration change

KeePass, like many other password managers, relies on a primary password that protects the entire database of passwords and information. If an attacker manages to obtain that single password, all other passwords […]

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Microsoft 365 ad blocks Windows 10 desktop access for some users

Several Windows 10 users reported that a banner for Microsoft 365 has prevented them from reaching the Windows 10 desktop on boot. According to the reports, Microsoft displayed a fullscreen Microsoft 365 […]

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ChatGPT is used by cybercriminals to write better phishing emails

ChatGPT, the language model optimized for dialogue and conversation, has seen a lot of coverage in the past couple of months. Most coverage looks at the benefits or advantages of using ChatGPT, […]

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Screenshots of Microsoft Bing's ChatGPT integration leak online

The first screenshots of Microsoft's ChatGPT integration in its Bing Search engine have leaked online. The company announced in January 2023 that it had plans to test ChatGPT, a language model designed […]

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Report: malware is distributed via Google Ads at an alarming rate

Search engine ads have always seen some level of abuse by malicious actors to spread malware. An ad is placed at the top of results on Google Search and most other search […]

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StardustME celebrates first memorial flight to the stars aboard Falcon 9 rocket

Aboard Falcon 9 rocket's 199th mission to space was the first payload of New Zealand-based company StardustME. The company specializes in organizing memorial flights of people's ashes into space. Falcon 9's payload […]

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Master Password, the App that Never Stores Your Passwords

Master Password is a free password manager that does not store passwords on the devices it is run on or in the cloud. The password manager uses a different system when compared […]

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United States Senator demands TikTok app store ban

In a letter sent to the CEOs of Google and Apple, United States senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, demanded that the companies ban the China-based TikTok application […]

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LibreOffice 7.5 launches with spell checking, dark mode and PDF Export improvements

LibreOffice 7.5 Community Edition is now available. The latest version of the open source cross-platform Office application ships with a number of important improvements and changes. LibreOffice users may select Help > […]

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SpaceX celebrates Falcon 9's 200th successful mission

The past few days have been filled with excitement at SpaceX after the company launched two successful Falcon 9 missions and celebrated the 200th Falcon 9 rocket launch. The first Falcon 9 […]

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ChatGPT Plus subscription is now available

OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, announced the launch off a pilot subscription plan for ChatGPT today. ChatGPT Plus is available for $20 per month and only available in the United States at […]

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Google Chrome 110 Early Stable builds released: here is what is new

Google released the first Early Stable build of the company's Chrome web browser a moment ago. The new browser channel is released to a small subset of Chrome users only. Chrome 110 […]


PayPal lays off 7% of its workforce

PayPal announced today that it will lay off about 7% of its workforce, which equates to roughly 2000 jobs. The online payment service is the latest company in the tech sector to […]

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Streaming Wars: How Netflix wants to prevent account sharing

Devices with Netflix will soon have to log into the local home network of the Netflix account to avoid being blocked. Netflix explained in an updated account sharing FAQ how it plans […]

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Windows 10: Uncovering the Deception of the Windows 11 Upgrade Screen

Microsoft displays a "now unlocked" full screen notification on Windows 10 devices that are eligible for a Windows 11 upgrade. The notification has been displayed for months, but Microsoft modified it recently […]

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KeePass Password Manager Vulnerability: Is Your Data at Risk?

KeePass Password Safe is an open source local password manager for Windows. It is a well designed application that supports plugins and there are numerous forks available for other platforms. The Federal […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2023 Microsoft Azure Architect & Administrator Exam Certification Prep Bundle

The 2023 Microsoft Azure Architect & Administrator Exam Certification Prep Bundle includes nine guides and prep courses for various Microsoft Azure certification exams. The entire bundle is available for just $39.99 at […]

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Ubuntu Pro is now available: here is what you need to know

Ubuntu Pro, a subscription-based version of Ubuntu that offers ten years of security updates and optional support, is now available publicly. Originally launched in October 2022, Ubuntu Pro entered general availability on […]

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The Hidden Threat: 1Password Password Manager Phishing Ads on Google

The popular 1Password service is the latest cloud-based password manager that is being targeted by scammers. Like the recently reported Bitwarden scam, new and existing users of 1Password are targeted through malicious […]

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Firefox 109.0.1 Enhances User Experience with Font Smoothing and Enterprise Fixes

Mozilla Firefox 109.0.1 will be released later today. The first Firefox 109 point release is a non-security update for the stable version of the open source Firefox web browser. The new Firefox […]

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Android 14's Compatibility Shake-Up: What Apps Will be Affected?

With Android 14, Google plans to introduce a policy change that prevents the running of certain older applications. Android 14 is the next major release of the operating system. If things go […]

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Microsoft puts a stop to Excel add-ins from the Internet

Malicious Excel add-ins from the Internet attacks have skyrocket in recent time. Microsoft therefore no longer wants to allow them from March 2023 onwards. Excel add-ins from the Internet are a major […]

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Windows 11: Optional January update KB5022360 is now available

The new update KB5022360 with various bug fixes and a changed handling of .NET updates is available for Windows 11 version 22H2. The installation is optional, and most Windows 11 users may want […]

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Everything Toolbar 1.0 launches with Windows 11 support

Everything Toolbar is a useful helper application for the Windows search tool Everything. It may be used to replace Windows Search on the taskbar of the operating system to make file searches […]

Microsoft to update Windows 11 21H2 to Windows 11 22H2 automatically

Windows 11 customers who still run the original release version of the operating system, Windows 11 version 21H2,  may have their systems updated automatically to Windows 11 version 22H2 in the coming […]

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Brave is testing a Quick Commands feature

Brave Software is testing a Quick Commands feature in the company's Brave web browser currently. The feature gives users access to a prompt to run different commands from that prompt right away. […]

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Phoenix: Microsoft working on Edge redesign

According to a report, Microsoft is working on a redesign of its Edge web browser, code-named "Phoenix," that should better differentiate Microsoft Edge from its browser competition. Development focuses on an updated […]

IBM cuts 3,900 jobs

IBM announced today that it will lay off about 3900 workers, which is less than 2% of the global workforce. The company is the last technology company to lay off workers. IBM's […]

Ghacks Deals: uTalk Language Learning: Lifetime Subscription (150+ Languages)

The language learning service uTalk supports over 150 different languages that users of the service may learn. This deal gives you access to all 150+ languages with a lifetime subscription. Languages include […]

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How to fix a Windows Terminal startup issue

Microsoft released Windows Terminal 1.16 Stable and Windows Terminal 1.17 Preview earlier this week. It appears that the stable release has a bug that prevents it from starting. Windows Terminal is the […]

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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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EmuOS: run retro games and apps right in your browser

If you experienced the late DOS days or early Windows days first hand and want to relive that, or want to experience it for the first time, then you may want to […]

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Meta's Messenger is the first third-party Windows 11 Widget

Microsoft released a new Windows 11 build to the Developer Insider channel this week. It includes the first third-party widget for Windows 11's Widget feature next to plenty of fixes. Microsoft launched […]

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Google Chrome 109 point release fixes 6 security issues

Google published a new version of its Google Chrome Stable web browser for all supported desktop operating systems. The new Chrome 109 point release addresses six different security issues in the browser. […]

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Windows 11 File Explorer in 2023: more Microsoft 365, touch and previews

Microsoft released the first significant File Explorer with the first Moments update for Windows 11. It introduced support for tabs, which allows users to open multiple locations in a single File Explorer […]

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Microsoft is testing a Split Mode in Edge

Microsoft is testing a Split Mode feature in development versions of Microsoft Edge currently that allows users to display two webpages or internal pages side-by-side in a single tab. Microsoft Edge's Split […]

Ghacks Deals: SurfShark VPN subscription 80% off

SurfShark is a popular VPN provider that ticks all the right boxes. The company has a strict no-logging policy, offers fast servers in 65 different countries, supports DNS and leak protection features, […]

Windows 11 is getting ReFS support: what it means for you?

Recent Windows 11 Insider builds include support for ReFS, the Resilient File System. The file system is currently only available in Windows server operating systems, but not in client systems. Could this […]

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Microsoft Edge support extended to October 2023 for Windows Server 2012

Microsoft announced in December 2022 that Microsoft Edge 109 would be the last version of the web browser for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The company retired the two desktop operating systems […]