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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Hasleo Backup Suite 3.0 launches with file backups and other improvements

Hasleo Backup Suite 3.0 is the latest version of the free backup solution for Windows, which I reviewed back in mid-2021 for the first time. Just like previous versions, Hasleo Backup Suite […]

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Google releases security update for Chrome that is exploited actively

Google published a security update for its Chrome Stable web browser that addresses a security issues that is exploited in the wild. Other browser makers who use Chromium, the core that Chrome […]

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Google Chrome Canary gets experimental Encrypted Client Hello (ECH) support

Google Chrome Canary users may enable experimental support for Encrypted Client Hello (ECH) now. Encrypted Client Hello, also referred to as Secure SNI, improves the privacy of Internet connections. It is rather […]

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Thunderbird for Android: preview of the message view

It is no secret that the Thunderbird team is working on bringing the Thunderbird experience to Android. The team announced some time ago that it decided to cooperate with an existing email […]

Ghacks Deals: Microsoft Office Professional 2021 for Windows or Mac: Lifetime License (91% off)

Now is your chance to grab a license for Microsoft's newest Office suite for Windows and Mac OS. Windows users may get their hands on a Office Professional 2021 license for just […] 5.0

First 5 Alpha release is now available

The first alpha version of the upcoming 5.0 image editor is now available. The release is not available via the program's updater, but only as a standalone version. users who […]

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Will there be another Windows 10 feature update?

Microsoft released the Windows 10 2022 Update last month and with its release comes the question regarding future updates for the operating system. Will Microsoft release additional feature updates for Windows 10, […]

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Microsoft confirms Windows 11 Remote Desktop issue

Microsoft confirmed a remote desktop issue that is affecting the company's latest operating system, Windows 11 version 22H2, today. The issue affects devices running the Windows 11 2022 Update, but not devices […]

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January's Firefox release will support Manifest V3 extensions

Mozilla plans to launch support for Manifest V3 extensions in Firefox 109, which it aims to release on January 17, 2023. The first Firefox Stable release of the year introduces support for […]

Ghacks Deals: AdGuard Family Plan: Lifetime Subscription (76% off)

AdGuard calls its content blocking solution the world's most advanced ad blocker. Now is your chance to get a lifetime AdGuard Family Plan subscription for just $29.99. There is also the personal […]

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Windows 10 version 22H2 is ready for broad deployment

Windows 10 version 22H2, which Microsoft released just last month, has already been designated for broad deployment by the company. The latest feature update for Windows 10 was released on October 18, […]

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Windows 11: How to remove Edit With Clipchamp from File Explorer's context menu

Clipchamp is a new default application of Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system. Microsoft purchased the web-based video editor in 2021 and integrated it into development builds of Windows 11 in early 2022. […]

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AMD, Intel and Nvidia are ready for DirectStorage 1.1

Microsoft released DirectStorage 1.1 recently, an updated technology to improve the loading times of PC games significantly. Games that make use of DirectStorage 1.1 may move decompression tasks from the processor to […]

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Microsoft is turning Windows 11's Start Menu into an advertisement delivery system

The days of the classic Start Menu are numbered on Windows. Previously, the Start Menu was used by users to launch programs, access system tools and settings, and run searches. Now, with […]

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The big search field on Windows 11's taskbar is unnecessary

Microsoft started to experiment with search and the search field of its Windows 11 operating system some time ago. One of Microsoft's latest addition was the display of icons in the search […]

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VMware Workstation 17.0 Player with Windows 11 and Server 2022 support released

VMware released new versions of its virtualization applications. The free VMWare Workstation 17.0 Player and the commercial VMware Workstation 17.0 Pro are both available for all supported operating systems. Main new features […]

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft Store apps continue to work, but..

Most Windows users know by know that the operating systems Windows 7 and 8.1 will reach end of support by Microsoft on January 10, 2023. The first Patch Day of 2023 is […]

Windows 11 to alert OneDrive subscribers when storage space runs low

Microsoft continues to integrate its subscription services deeper into the Windows 11 operating system. The company released a new build to the Windows 11 Release Preview channel, which adds alerts for OneDrive […]

Mozilla increased revenue significantly in 2021

Mozilla published its annual audited financial statement for the year 2021, and the outlook could not be better. The organization managed to increase total revenue to $600 million, an increase of more […]

Ghacks Deals: The Complete 2023 Cyber Security Professional Career Starter Bundle

The Complete 2023 Cyber Security Professional Career Starter Bundle gives you access to eight different security related eLearning courses. Gain more than 100 hours of online courses that you may access for […]

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Microsoft confirms Windows 10 desktop and taskbar issue

Microsoft confirmed another issue affecting its Windows 10 operating system. This one may affect the appearance of the desktop or the taskbar on the Windows 10 device. According to Microsoft, it may […]

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DuckDuckGo: App Tracking Protection for Android universally available

DuckDuckGo announced the general availability of its App Tracking Protection feature in the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser app for Android on November 16, 2022. Launched with limited access last year, the feature is […]

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Here is what you need to know about PayPal's Inactivity Fee

PayPal customers who have not had any activity in the past 12 months will be charged an inactivity service fee. Inactive accounts without positive balance may also be closed by PayPal after […]

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Thunderbird 102.5 is a security and bug fix release

Thunderbird 102.5 is a new version of the open source email client. Since it shares code with Firefox, it is updated at around the same time that Firefox is updated. Mozilla released […]

Ghacks Deals: The Premium Limited Edition Windows Bundle ft. Microsoft Office

The Premium Limited Edition Windows Bundle ft. Microsoft Office is a software and subscriptions bundle. It includes access to six different products, including Microsoft Office 2021 Professional for Windows, Mail Backup X, […]

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GlassWire 3.0: Anomaly Detection and GlassWire Score features launch

GlassWire 3.0 was launched this month. The new version of the firewall solution adds two new features: Anomaly Detection and GlassWire Score to the application's set of features. GlassWire is available as […]

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Firefox 107 out with security fixes and Windows performance improvements

Mozilla Firefox 107 will be released later today. The new Stable version of the Firefox web browser fixes several security issues in the browser and improves performance for some users who run […]

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Amazon is shutting down Amazon Drive at the end of 2023

Amazon customers who use the company's file storage service Amazon Drive are notified by email currently that Amazon will shut down the service at the end of 2023. A similar notification is […]

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Windows 10 and 11: Direct Access issue confirmed by Microsoft

Microsoft confirmed an issue affecting Direct Access on Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices recently. The issue affects devices running windows 11 version 21H2 and 22H2, in other words all release versions […]

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PicPick 7.0: screen capturing tool launches with delayed capture support

The developers of the screen capturing tool PicPick have released PicPick 7.0 to the stable channel. The new version of PicPick improves the application in several meaningful ways. I reviewed PicPick for […]

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New Quick Assist app will soon be integrated into Windows

Microsoft announced the retiring of the integrated Quick Assist application of the Windows operating system in May 2022. Quick Assist is a remote assistance application, which may be used to get or […]

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Google Chrome: save tab groups to bookmarks feature

Google launched the ability to save tab groups to the bookmarks of the Chrome web browser earlier this year. Back then, the saving was not persistent, which meant that the saved group […]

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Routora optimizes Google Map multi-stop routes to save gas and time

Routora is a Chrome extension and Internet service that optimizes multi-stop routes on Google Maps to save gas and travel time. Google Maps is a popular choice when it comes to finding […]

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Windows 11 2022 Update: Microsoft confirms lower than expected game performance

Microsoft confirmed another Windows performance issue that is affecting games. The company confirmed the new issue on the Windows 11 version 22H" release health dashboard. According to the information that Microsoft published, […]

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How to subscribe to custom Hacker News RSS feeds

Hacker News is a popular social site on today's Internet. It focuses on technology and development for the most part, but you find other topics of interests posted to the site as […]

Ghacks Deals: The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle

The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle includes 6 different courses that help learners advance their Excel skills. A beginner to advanced course is included for those starting fresh with Excel, but […]

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This is Thunderbird's upcoming redesigned Calendar

Work on the next major release of the open source email client Thunderbird is in full swing. The developers have now published a preview of the planned Calendar changes in the new […] onedrive storage microsoft data counts against Microsoft cloud storage quotas soon

Microsoft announced two changes regarding and its Microsoft 365 service this week. The first removes the ability of Premium customers to use custom email addresses. The change won't affect existing […]

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Google Chrome 107 Stable out with 10 security fixes

Google released a new stable version of the company's Chrome web browser yesterday. The Chrome 107 update patches 10 different security issues in the web browser. Chrome desktop installations should receive the […]

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Windows 10 version 21H1 reaches end of support in December 2022

Just a short reminder that Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 version 21H1 on December 13, 2022. The operating system receives one final batch of security updates on December's Patch Tuesday […]