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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Set up a local account if you want a custom user folder name

Windows administrators and users who set up new accounts on devices running the Windows 10 operating system have two main choices when it comes to that: they may set up a user […]

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Firefox 68: Picture in Picture mode for Video

Mozilla plans to introduce support for a picture in picture mode (PiP) in the organization's Firefox web browser in Firefox 68. Picture in Picture mode takes video content on a side and […]

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New Microsoft Edge may change User Agent automatically

Microsoft's upcoming Chromium-based web browser Microsoft Edge may change the user agent automatically based on the visited site. The new Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium, the same core that […]

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Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 Offline Installer download

Microsoft released the final version of the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 on April 18, 2019. The new installer for the version is available as a web installer and offline installer; since Microsoft […]

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Mozilla plans to enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking by Default in Firefox

A new Bleeping Computer report by Lawrence Abrams suggests that Mozilla plans to enable Hyperlink Ping Tracking by default in the Firefox browser. Firefox is one of the few browsers that has […]

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Add McAfee products to the list of security products that don't play well with latest Windows patches

When Microsoft released the monthly cumulative updates for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Server products, no one could imagine what a nightmare these patches would become for many system administrators. Microsoft acknowledged […]

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IntelTechnologyAccessService.exe taking up all the memory? Here is a fix

Recently, I noticed that a process called IntelTechnologyAccessService.exe was taking up all the memory that it could get on a PC running Windows 10; this resulted in programs like Firefox dropping tabs because […]

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8 ways in which Microsoft Edge (Chromium) is better than Google Chrome

Microsoft's Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser has not been released yet as a stable version; the preview versions that Microsoft released, Microsoft Edge Dev and Canary, provide a good understanding of the […]

Ghacks Deals: VPNSecure: Lifetime Subscription (94% off)

Using a VPN is one of the better options when it comes to protecting your privacy on the Internet. VPNSecure is an established provider that runs on pretty much any device that […]

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Google to present browser and search choices to EU Android users

Deja Vu, anyone? Remember when Microsoft had to include a browser ballot screen in the company's Windows operating system for users from the European Union? Now it is Google's turn to provide […]

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Ubuntu 19.04 is out

The final version of the Linux distribution Ubuntu 19.04 is now available. The new version is already available for download in all supported flavors. Existing Ubuntu systems running Ubuntu 18.10 can be […]

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Start Menu gets its own process and a performance boost in Windows 10 19H1

The next version of Windows 10, Windows 10 19H1 delivered as the May 2019 Update at the end of May 2019, features several Start Menu improvements. Some of these improvements fall on […]

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Microsoft explains how Dynamic Updates work on Windows 10

Dynamic Updates play a role when Windows 10 feature updates are installed on a PC; this can be as part of a new installation or an update, e.g. from Windows 10 version […]

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Fix Chrome blocking keyboard multimedia keys from working

If you use the multimedia keys on your computer keyboard to control playback in apps such as Spotify or iTunes, you may notice that functionality stopped with the release of Chrome 74. […]

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Microsoft lost control over the Windows Tiles domain and someone took it

Microsoft introduced Tiles in the Windows Start Menu and Start page when it launched the Windows 8 operating system. Designed to add a dynamic note to the previously static program, service and […]

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Firefox 67 will display a profile icon in the main toolbar by default

The next stable Firefox version, Firefox 67, will display a profile icon in the main toolbar to make Firefox Account features more accessible and discoverable in the web browser. Firefox can be […]

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Edge (Chromium) warns you if you run it with elevated privileges

The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser warns users if they run the web browser with elevated privileges. Microsoft is working on a new Chromium-based version of the Edge browser and has released […]

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Kiwi Browser update for Android introduces Chrome Extensions support

Kiwi Browser, a mobile web browser for Android that is based on Chromium, introduced support for Chrome browser extensions in its latest update. Chromium is the source for many browsers on Android […]