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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Running Windows 7 or Server 2008? You will need this patch!

Microsoft plans to release an update early next year for the company's Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems that add support for SHA-2 update handling to them. Updates are delivered […]

Ghacks Deals: Ethical Hacking A to Z Training Bundle (price drop)

The Ethical Hacking A to Z Training Bundle dropped in price to just $25. It is a big eLearning bundle that consists of eight courses in total that deal with the ethical […]

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Office, too? Microsoft pulls Office patches

Microsoft has had a very bad streak in regards to updates for the company's flagship products Windows 10 and Microsoft Office. After the October 2018 Update fiasco -- the company had to […]

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Reduce Android battery drain on Wi-Fi

Battery life differs greatly when you compare different mobile devices running Android. From devices that drain battery quickly to devices that seemingly can run for days without recharging. Many factors play a […]

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Google removes SMS notifications from Google Calendar

Google customers who use the SMS functionality of Google Calendar will have it replaced with notifications or emails in January 2019. Google published information about the change on the official G suites […]

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Searching for torrents from within qBittorrent

Did you know that the popular cross-platform torrent client qBittorrent has torrent search functionality baked directly into the client? Torrent users have plenty of options when it comes to finding torrent files: […]

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Avast 18.8 is the last version for Windows XP and Vista

Security giant Avast Software published version 18.8 of its consumer-oriented security products for Windows recently. The company, which acquired AVG back in 2016 and Piriform, maker of CCleaner in 2017,  released Avast […]

Try this if Google Chrome closes automatically on start

I run multiple web browsers on my system and even different versions of the same browser. When it comes to Google Chrome, I run Chrome Stable, Canary and Chromium on my system […]

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YouTube now with free ad-supported blockbuster movies

Most YouTube users don't associate the site with blockbuster movies, probably, even though it is possible to rent movies on the site just as it is possible to do the same on […]

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Is Microsoft making an effort to improve update transparency and quality?

Microsoft was never particularly good when it came to update transparency and communication; while you could say that for a lot of companies, Google for instance, it always felt to me that […]

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Microsoft: Ads in Mail client were experimental only

Advertisement in email clients has always been a controversial topic. Microsoft pushed an update to the default Mail application on Windows 10 for Insiders recently that brought ads to the client; a […]

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Windows 10 version 1903: Windows Update improvements

The next feature update for Windows 10, Windows 10 version 1903, may include better options to pause Windows updates and improve the operating system's Active Hours functionality. One of the things that […]

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Microsoft highlights quality updates in latest Translator update

Microsoft Translator has never been my go-to application when it comes to machine translation. I always felt that Google Translator did a better job in turning foreign text into something that resembled […]

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Look! Windows 10 version 1809 has even more issues

Microsoft, finally, updated the update history support page for Windows 10 version 1809 on the company website. The page highlights the network mapping issue that users may experience after installation of the […]

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Firefox 63.0.3 is a small bugfix release

Mozilla released an update for Firefox today that brings the version of the web browser to 63.0.3. Firefox 63.0.3 is a bug fix release that addresses several bugs in the web browser; […]

Ghacks Deals: The CompTIA Cyber Security Expert Bundle (80% off)

The CompTIA Cyber Security Expert Bundle preps you for the three CompTIA exams CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP-003), CompTIA Cyber Security Analyst (CSA+) and CompTIA Pentest+. All three courses are designed for […]

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Firefox will soon alert users about recently breached sites

Mozilla's Firefox web browser will soon notify users when they visit websites that were breached recently. The new functionality extends the capabilities of Firefox Monitor, a new service by Mozilla that anyone […]

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Mapped Network Drives issue in Windows 10 version 1809

If you run a Windows 10 PC with mapped network drives you may want to hit the brakes to make sure that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is not deployed on […]