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

Google confirms that cache links have been removed from search results

Google is killing all links of its URL Shortener

Millions of links will stop working next year as a consequence of Google shutting down its URL Shortener service Google announced the change on its Developer blog this week. According to […]

Windows 11 23H2

You should now be able to get Windows 11 Version 23H2, if you have not already

Microsoft released Windows 11 version 23H2 last year to the public. It,, and the Moments Update that followed, introduced Windows Copilot and thus the first tiny bits of AI in Windows. The […]

Chrome Download Warning reason

Google Chrome will soon throw security warnings at you that you cannot ignore

Google is changing how Chrome reports potentially malicious file downloads to the user. While the blocking algorithm is not changing, Chrome will display full screen security warnings to the user. Google Chrome […]

Windows Updates will be smaller after the release of Windows 11 version 24H2

Microsoft announced a fundamental change to Windows Updates. The built-in service delivers updates to millions of Windows devices throughout the world. Starting with the release of this year's feature update, most Windows […]

Windows 11

How to change your Windows account password

Most Windows accounts are protected by an account password. This password is needed to sign in to user account. Our step-by-step guide walks you through the process of changing the account password […]

Thunderbird 128 Nebula: almost there, four channels and ESR

The Thunderbird team continues its work on the next big version of the open source email client. Thunderbird 128 Nebula is almost ready and the makers have published a support page that […]

Windows 11

Microsoft is not done yet: more ads spotted in latest Windows 11 build

When is an ad an advertisement and not a recommendation? Microsoft clearly likes to use the term recommendation for what others may see as an advertisement. There are recommendations in the Start […]

The Windows Security Updates of July 2024 are now available

Microsoft has released security updates for its Windows operating system and other company products. The security updates are available already and should be installed automatically on most home Windows PCs. Our monthly […]


Firefox 128: big feature release and new ESR-base

Mozilla plans to release Firefox 128 and Firefox 128 ESR today. The new browser version introduces plenty of new features and improvements, including new translate functionality, a unified user data clearing dialog, […]


First look at Notepad's Spell Checker: surprise, it is not as bad as it sounds

While Microsoft continues to kill some apps, including WordPad and Cortana, it is giving other classic apps some love. Notepad is one of these. After enabling tab-support and auto-saving, the Redmond-based company […]

Firefox Take Screenshot YouTube

How to capture a screenshot from a YouTube Video

Have you ever tried to take a screenshot from a YouTube video? You may have run into a few roadblocks, including YouTube controls visible in the screenshot or a rather bad resolution […]


Hackers steal millions of Authy 2FA phone numbers

Malicious actors have managed to steal more than 33 million phone numbers used by users of the two-factor authentication service Authy. Authy is a popular security application to manage authentication codes for […]

Windows 11

Popular Windows XP privacy tool is making a comeback

If you have lived through the Windows XP era of computing, you may have used a program called XP-AntiSpy back then. Yes, even then it was useful to run a privacy tool […]

Copilot+ PC

Microsoft is evolving Copilot in Windows 11 by downgrading it

Microsoft has just evaporated the small hope that some users may have had that Copilot could become a useful tool to manage the Windows 11 operating system. When Microsoft first began to […]


Windows 11 Government Edition is what everyone wants, but there is a catch

A new edition of Windows 11 has been making the rounds over the weekend. Called Windows 11 Government Edition, screenshots of it were posted on Twitter by Andy Kirby (via Günter Born). […]

A new journey with Windows

Windows 10 Support until 2030? 0Patch makes it possible

Micro-patching service 0Patch will support Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system until 2030. Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 10 officially in October 2025. For the first time in a very long […]


AMD plans to make huge game downloads smaller in the future

Computer games seem to grow bigger with each passing year. Gone are the days that an entire game fit easily on a tiny floppy disk. If you never encountered a floppy disk, […]


Firefox 127.0.2 fixes Google-caused YouTube playback issue

Mozilla released a new version of its Firefox web browser a moment ago. Firefox 127.0.2 fixes a long-standing playback issue on YouTube that was caused by the Google-owned property and not Firefox […]

You can try Vertical Tabs in Firefox now

It is no secret that Mozilla is working on bringing vertical tabs to Firefox. The organization confirmed the plan back in May after a test version of Firefox leaked that supported the […]

Multiple Outlook apps

Microsoft confusing users again with new Outlook update

Microsoft plans to push a new Outlook version to all customers. This new version will replace the Mail and Calendar apps of Windows in 2024, and the Outlook desktop application in the […]

With Kaspersky banned in the US, what should customers do?

The United States are banning Kaspersky products. Starting July 20, Kaspersky is no longer allowed to sell its products to new customers. Software updates remain available until September 29, 2024. Customers who […]

Vivaldi Browser 6.8 launches with updated Mail client and Chrome extension imports

Vivaldi Technologies released a new version of its Vivaldi web browser to the public. Vivaldi 6.8 improves the built-in email client significantly, but this is not the only change. The new browser […]

Firefox YouTube playback

Google disrupted YouTube video playback on Firefox, again

Being a Firefox user can be quite difficult these days. Besides getting regular prompts to switch to the browser of a mega-corpo, excuse the Cyberpunk slang, it is predominantly issues with certain […]

Google Chrome malware extensions

If you use an adblocker, you need to read this!

A fundamental shift that concerns adblockers will happen in the next twelve months. You may have heard about Google ending support for the old ruleset for extensions in favor of a new […]

Chrome sends AI history search data to Google

Google is working on a new feature in Chrome that gives artificial intelligence control over a user's browsing history. Chrome users may then interact with the AI when they run searches in […]


The end of Windows 11's Recall AI feature? Microsoft postpones launch

When Copilot Plus PCs launch next week, it will be without the controversial Recall feature. Recall was unveiled by Microsoft in May 2024 as the core feature of Copilot+ PCs. This new […]

Seeing Ads on YouTube? Google is testing server-side ads that break adblockers

If you run an adblocker in your browser of choice and still see ads on YouTube, then you have been selected for an experiment on the popular streaming website. Yesterday, the official […]

The Windows Security Updates of June 2024 are now available

The June 2024 security updates for Windows are now available. Microsoft released security updates for other company products as well on the June 2024 Patch Tuesday. Our overview provides system administrators and […]

Firefox 127 out with DNS Prefetching, security updates, and more

Mozilla has released a new stable version of the organizations' Firefox web browser. Firefox 127.0 introduces several new features and important security fixes. It may also break media playback on certain sites. […]

HP laptop

Report: HP released faulty ProBook BIOS update that bricked machines

HP released a BIOS update for its ProBook 455 G7 laptop in May 2024. This update appears to have been faulty, as users started to flock the HP Support forum to request […]

Windows 11 is getting a native profile picture editor

Microsoft is working on integrating a new profile picture editor in its Windows 11 operating system. This editor helps users change and edit the profile icon of a user account. The feature […]

Windows 10

Microsoft reopens Windows 10 Beta channel to "test new features"

Microsoft has reopened the Windows 10 Beta channel this week to test new features before they roll out to current stable versions of Windows 10. The move comes as a surprise to […]

How to Stop Automatic Google Chrome Updates on Windows

Google Chrome Updates are configured to run automatically on non-managed Windows devices. This guide provides step by step instructions to disable automatic updates of Google Chrome. Most web browsers are configured to […]

Brave Browser

Brave reports record month for Browser and Search

When it comes to the market share of browsers on the desktop, things may appear static. There is Google Chrome at the top with an almost monopolistic lead over every other browser. […]


Microsoft needs to make Windows 11's Recall feature opt-in

As it stands right now, the new Recall AI feature of Windows 11 will be enabled by default when it launches officially later this year. While limited to PCs that sport the […]

Google will disable classic extensions in Chrome in the coming months

Google published an update on the deprecation timeline of so-called Manifest V2 extensions in the Chrome web browser. Starting this June, Chrome will inform users with classic extensions about the deprecation. Manifests […]

Mozilla is investigating huge Telemetry performance issues in Firefox for Android

Mozilla, maker of the open source Firefox web browser, has launched an investigation to analyze the impact of Telemetry on the browser's performance on Android. According to the initial report, Telemetry is […]

Audio playback

Microsoft drops AC-3 (Dolby Digital) Codec support in Windows 11 version 24H2

Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system will not support the Ac-3 codec by default going forward. In a somewhat surprising and sneaky move, Microsoft announced the end of support on a support page. […]

Thunderbird Appointment promises to make scheduling easier

The team behind the open source email client Thunderbird has unveiled its latest side-project. Thunderbird Appointment is an online service designed to help everyone schedule meetings and make appointments. The project is […]

Is This the End of the Windows 10 Era

Microsoft lists reasons why Windows 11 is better than Windows 10 but forgets to mention this

Windows 10 is a dying operating system. Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 10 in October 2025. While customers may extend support by up to three years, they have to pay […]