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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Windows 11 File Explorer may slow down PCs

Windows 11, which has been released by Microsoft earlier this month, has a number of known issues that affect the performance of certain systems. One major issue affects AMD processors, which may […]

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Bethesda removes Games for Windows Live dependency from Fallout 3 GOTY

Microsoft shut down Games for Windows Live on July 1, 2014. More than seven years later, Bethesda, now a Microsoft-owned company, removed the Games for Windows Live dependency from its Fallout 3 […]

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Microsoft is testing a fix for AMD's Windows 11 performance issue

Microsoft released a new build to Beta and Release Preview Channels of the company's Windows 11 operating system a few hours ago. The patch includes a huge number of fixes for issues […]

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How to use winget to install Microsoft Store applications

Microsoft released Windows Package Manager 1.1 earlier this month. The new version of the package manager, known as winget by its users, is available for Windows 10 version 1809 and newer, and […]

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Brave improves bounce tracking protection with new Debouncing feature

The Nightly version of the Brave desktop browser supports a new privacy feature that Brave calls Debouncing. Debouncing is designed to disarm a tracking method called Bounce Tracking, or Redirect Tracking. Bounce […]

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CyberGhost: cheap VPN with good media streaming support, but problematic parent company

CyberGhost is a commercial VPN provider that was founded in 2011 in Romania. The company’s VPN service is available for all major desktop and mobile operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS, Android, […]

Ghacks Deals: Whizlabs Online Certifications: Lifetime Membership

Whizlabs is a publisher of online certification training courses covering a wide variety of topics and skills, including certifications for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Java, Project Management, Docker, Linux, Salesforce, Kubernetes, […]

First Windows 11 update impacts AMD performance issues even more

When Microsoft released Windows 11 last week, AMD published a support article in which it stated that the performance of AMD powered devices was up to 15% worse than on Windows 10 […]

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Windows 11 on incompatible systems: Windows Update is working fine

Yesterday was the first Patch Tuesday after the release of the Windows 11 operating system a week earlier. It was clear that Microsoft would release the first cumulative update for Windows 11 […]

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How useful is Twitter's new "Soft Blocking" feature?

Twitter is rolling out a new feature on the web version of the service that enables users to soft block followers. Basically, what it allows users of the service to do is […]

Ghacks Deals: The Complete Ruby on Rails Super Bundle

Ruby on Rails is a popular programming language that emerged in 2005.  The Complete Ruby on Rails Super Bundle teaches you the web application framework. It includes 10 courses that have a […]

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates October 2021 overview

Microsoft released security patches for all supported versions of its Windows operating system today on the October 2021 Patch Tuesday. The company released the first patch for Windows 11, the new version […]

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Brother confirms Windows 11 printer issues

Brother has confirmed an issue that is affecting many of the company's printers on devices running Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system. Printers may not be detected correctly by the operating system if […]

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Restore the Classic Volume Mixer in Windows 11

Microsoft removed the classic volume mixer in its Windows 11 operating system and replaced it with a page in the operating system's Settings application. The open source tool Classic Volume Mixer restores […]

Your PC is compatible with Windows 11, but you get an error in Windows Update? Microsoft is working on a fix!

Microsoft released its new Windows 11 operating system earlier this month. Devices that are compatible with Windows 11 may be upgraded to Windows 11 for free via Windows Update. Devices that are […]

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How to sign-in to Windows 11 automatically

Some Windows users prefer to sign-in to the Windows operating system automatically. While not advised on multi-user systems or systems with confidential files, the automatic login into Windows can speed up the […]

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Windows 11: list of known issues and resolved issues

Microsoft released its Windows 11 operating system in early October 2021 to the public. The operating system is rolled out gradually Windows Update to compatible Windows 10 devices as a free update, […]

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Improve your privacy with O&O ShutUp10++ for Windows 11

O&O Software released an updated version of its Windows 10 privacy app O&O ShutUp10 this week. O&O ShutUp10++ is the new name of the tool to indicate that it is also compatible with […]


PureVPN Brings Faster Speeds than Ever with its 20Gbps Server Upgrade

PureVPN, a highly-rated VPN provider, has upgraded its server infrastructure in three key locations. The company recently announced that it has added new 20Gbps servers in the United States and the United […]

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Align the Windows 11 Taskbar to the top with Stardock's Start11

Stardock releases the release candidate of Start 11 this week. Start 11 is the latest product in the Start series of products, which started with Start8 for Windows 8. Microsoft made changes […]

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Old Thunderbird installations will be upgraded to Thunderbird 91 via automatic updates now

The Thunderbird team released two new versions of the open source desktop email client in the past two weeks. Thunderbird 91.1.2 was a smaller bug fix update for all client versions, Thunderbird […]

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Vivaldi 4.3: translate, usability and privacy improvements

Vivaldi Technologies has just released Vivaldi 4.3 for the desktop and for Android. The new version of the web browser is a significant upgrade, as it improves several key tools and features […]

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AMD says Windows 11 is slowing down its processors by up to 15%

AMD users who have upgraded their devices to Microsoft's new Windows 11 operating system or purchased a new AMD-powered device with Windows 11, may be impacted by an issue that may cause […]

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What is TPM and why does Windows 11 require it?

By now you may know that Microsoft's new operating system Windows 11 requires a TPM chip. But why does Windows 11 require a TPM chip, and what is its purpose. In this […]

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Is Windows 11 Free?

Microsoft released its Windows 11 operating system on October 5, 2021 officially. Is Windows 11 free? The question can't be answered with a simple yes or not. Windows 11 is free under […]

Ghacks Deals: The Ultimate Windows 11 Training Video Course

Microsoft has released its Windows 11 operating system yesterday. Devices running Windows 10 may be upgraded to Windows 11 if they meet the system requirements, and new devices running Windows 11 are […]

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Microsoft posts instructions for upgrading to Windows 11 on unsupported PCs

A new support page on Microsoft's support website provides instructions on installing Windows 11. A paragraph on the page includes instructions on upgrading Windows 10 devices that are not compatible with Windows […]

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What does "This PC doesn't currently meet all the system requirements for Windows 11" mean?

Microsoft released its new operating system Windows 11 today. It is available via Windows Update and as a standalone download. Windows 10 users who check Windows Update right now may get the […]

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My new Windows 11 Book, Windows 11 From Beginner to Advanced: Master Microsoft’s new operating system, is out now (plus Giveaway)

Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system has been released today. Find out how to download Windows 11 here, and how to install Windows 11 on devices without TPM. My new book, Windows 11 […]

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Firefox 93.0 release: here is what is new and changed

Firefox 93.0 will be released later today, if you are reading this on October 5, 2021. The new stable version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser is a feature update that includes security […]

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JavaScript Restrictor: improve privacy by limiting web browser APIs

JavaScript Restrictor is an open s0urce cross-browser extension designed to improved user privacy by limiting access to APIs of web browsers that websites may use when running JavaScript. The extension is developed […]

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How to restore the classic File Explorer context menu in Windows 11

Microsoft changed File Explorer in its new Windows 11 operating system significantly. The default file manager displays just a few icons at the top, instead of the tabbed interface that it uses […]

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How to enable Windows 11 Style Menus in Google Chrome

Google added a new Windows 11 Style Menu to the Canary version of the company's Chrome web browser this week. The new style matches the style of Windows 11 operating system menus, […]

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Firefox 93 for Android becomes system-wide password manager

The upcoming Firefox 93 web browser for Android may be used as a system-wide password manager by its users. Up until now, passwords saved in the browser were restricted for use in […]

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Some Mac and Android users experience website connection issues caused by expired Let's Encrypt certificates

Reports are coming in that Internet users who run Mac devices or older Android devices are experiencing connection issues on some sites they visit in most web browsers. Mac users who experience […]

Office 2021 pricing revealed

Microsoft announced Office 2021, a new perpetual version of the company's Office suite, last month. Office 2021 will launch alongside the company's new Windows 11 operating system on October 5, 2021. A […]

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How to enable the hidden Windows 11 administrator account

Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system includes several user accounts, including an administrator account, that are disabled by default. Users who start Windows 11 for the first time need to create a user […]

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Another Chrome emergency update to patch 0-day vulnerabilities is now available

Google released another security update for the company's Google Chrome web browser that brings the version of the browser to  94.0.4606.71. Google Chrome 94.0.4606.71 is a security update that fixes two vulnerabilities […]

These antivirus programs are compatible with Windows 11 according to AV Comparatives

AV Comparatives, a site known for its security tests, released a list of antivirus programs that it found to be compatible with Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system. Microsoft will release Windows 11 […]

Ghacks Deals: The All-in-One Microsoft, Cybersecurity & Python Exam Prep Training Bundle

The All-in-One Microsoft, Cybersecurity & Python Exam Prep Training Bundle includes six certification preparation courses: Python MTA 98-381 Complete Preparation Course -- Your Complete Python Resource to Succeed in the Python Certification […]