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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Game Saturday: Double Dragon Reloaded

Double Dragon Reloaded is a fan-remake of the classic street fighting game Double Dragon that rocked various home consoles and the arcades in the last century. Similarly to Final Fight LNS or […]

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Say Goodbye to Windows Defender (getting renamed)

I apologize for the rather "clickbaity" title; come Windows 10 20H1, Windows Defender will no longer be a thing in the Windows 10 operating system as Microsoft will rename the tool to […]

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Extensions are still collecting and selling your browsing data

Browser extensions may be very powerful; they may add features to web browsers, make browsing more productive, and do all sorts of things. While most browser extensions are safe to use, there […]

Ghacks Deals: Boxcryptor Personal Cloud Security: 1-Yr Subscription

Boxcryptor is a popular service to protect data that is uploaded to file hosting services such as Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive. A free limited version is available and it may be […]

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Firefox 68.0.1 will be released today

Mozilla plans to release a minor update for the stable version of the organization's Firefox web browser that brings the version to 68.0.1 on July 18, 2019. Note that there will also […]

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ScrollAnywhere adds more scrolling options to Firefox

ScrollAnywhere is a browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that adds several new scrolling options such as grab and drag scrolling or scrolling without using the scrollbar to the browser. Firefox […]

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Firefox to mark all HTTP sites as Not Secure

Firefox will soon mark any site that still uses HTTP and not HTTPS for the connection as not secure in the browser's address bar. Latest Let's Encrypt statistics show that more than […]

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Beware: CCleaner may install CCleaner Browser and remap file associations

CCleaner, the popular Windows file cleaning software, may install the web browser CCleaner Browser as part of the installation process if users are not careful. CCleaner bundles third-party offers -- technically not […]

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NewFileGo for Windows: watch for new files and execute programs automatically

NewFileGo is a portable software program for Microsoft's Windows operating system that Windows users may use to monitor directories for new files matching set rules to execute commands automatically. Basic examples where […]

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Next up for Firefox's Tracking Protection: Social Media tracker blocking

Mozilla plans to extend the functionality of Firefox's Tracking Protection feature soon by adding Social Media tracker blocking to the list of protections. Social Media tracker blocking is not an entirely new […]

Ghacks Deals: Degoo Premium: Lifetime Backup Plan (Price Drop)

If you are still looking for a backup solution or want a second backup provider just for backup² purposes, you may be interested in Degoo Premium. Available as 1, 2, 3, and […]

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Any Google Photos media (photos, videos) you share becomes public

Google Photos is a popular photo hosting service and application that millions of people use on a daily basis. Part of its popularity comes from the fact that the service is deeply […]

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How to load SWF files on the desktop

Adobe will retire Flash in late 2020 and all major browser makers announced that they would end support for Flash in 2020 in the browsers as well. Mozilla will set Flash to […]

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Paint.net 4.2 is out with a huge list of changes

The developer of Paint.net released a new version of the image editor for Microsoft's Windows operating system on July 13, 2019. Paint.net 4.2 is an update for the desktop version and Microsoft […]

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Firefox 68: about:compat launches

We talked about Firefox's about:compat page in February 2019 when it first launched in the Nightly version of the web browser. The internal page highlights compatibility tweaks that Firefox makes when it […]

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Give your Firefox bookmarks the Tinder treatment

Keep or Delete Bookmarks is a Firefox add-on by Sören Hentzschel designed to bring order to the browser's bookmarks in a playful way. Instead of just going through long lists of bookmarks […]

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Microsoft confirms 2 new Windows 10 version 1903 upgrade blocks

Microsoft removed three upgrade blocks from the list of issues affecting upgrades to the company's Windows 10 version 1903 operating system. We noted in yesterday|s article that users were facing new issues […]

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Volume Master for Chrome: control and boost per-tab audio volume

Volume Master is a browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser to control and boost the volume of audio playing on a per-tab basis. When you open a site with audio, […]