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,, ComputerWorld, LinkedIn, Reddit,, Bleeping Computer, TechCrunch, PC World, Tom's Hardware, Slashdot, Hacker News, The Register, and more.

Martin's articles on Ghacks

Ghacks Deals: Polar Backup Cloud Storage: Lifetime Subscription

Polar Backup Cloud Storage is an online backup solution by eight year old British company PolarBackup LTD. The solution is currently available for Windows and Mac OS PCs. The service uses Amazon's […]

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Google is still trying to get notification abuse under control in Google Chrome

Google announced an extension to its effort to get notification abuse under control in the company's Chrome web browser. Starting in Chrome 86, the company is expanding its efforts to limit the […]

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Firefox: display the bookmarks toolbar only on the New Tab Page

Mozilla added a new feature to the Firefox Nightly version of the web browser that lets users display the browser's Bookmarks Toolbar only on the New Tab Page, if wanted. The Bookmarks […]

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Is Google Chrome getting shopping suggestions on its New Tab Page?

Google is testing a new feature in the company's Chrome web browser currently that adds a shopping card to the browser's New Tab Page. First spotted by Techdows, the feature is available […]

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Find out if Windows file paths exceed the 260 character limit

There is a good chance that Windows users come into contact with the operating system's 260 character limit for paths. A common scenario may occur when files get deleted on the system. […]

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Firefox 83 gets vastly improved pinch to zoom functionality

Mozilla plans to include improved pinch to zoom functionality in the upcoming Firefox 83 Stable web browser. Already a thing in preview versions of the web browser, including Firefox Nightly, Firefox users […]

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Image Editor 4.2.14 update introduces full AVIF support and performance improvements

When it comes to free image editors that run on Windows machines, users have quite a lot of choices. is definitely one of the better and more popular choices, but programs […]

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Microsoft is testing a startup booster for its Edge browser

Microsoft is running an experiment in the latest Microsoft Edge Canary version to find out if the changes can speed up the startup of the web browser. Called Startup Boost, it is […]

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Mozilla throttles rollout of Firefox 82 update

Mozilla launched Firefox 82 Stable this week; the new version of the web browser introduced new features and improvements such as language packs that sync with browser updates, performance improvements, or accessibility […]

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Internet Explorer users will be redirected to Microsoft Edge if incompatible sites are opened

Internet Explorer is still widely used, especially in corporate environments. The browser won't receive feature updates anymore but Microsoft will release security updates for it for years to come. One of the […]


Get even more Windows cleaning done with Cleanmgr+ and Burnbytes combined

Cleanmgr+ was launched by its developer in February 2019 as a disk cleanup alternative as Microsoft revealed plans to deprecate the classic Disk Cleanup program of the Windows operating system to focus […]

Ghacks Deals: Complete Tech Skills Library – Cert, Office, ITPro, Developer & CompTIA: Unlimited Lifetime Access

Complete Tech Skills Library – Cert, Office, ITPro, Developer & CompTIA: Unlimited Lifetime Access gets you access to over 750 eLearning courses that focus on a number of computer, programming, and business […]

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Firefox to get option to manage optional extension permissions on about:addons

Firefox users who install browser extension may be familiar with the permissions prompt that is displayed when extensions get installed. Extension developers may use a default set of features that require no […]

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Thunderbird 78.4.0 email client with fixes and extensions capabilities

Thunderbird 78.4.0 is now available. The new version of the email client includes several important fixes and extensions improvements. Thunderbird 78.4.0 is available for all supported operating systems (Windows, Linux and Mac […]

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Get Text Suggestions as you type globally when using Windows 10

Most computer users come into contact with automatic suggestions when they type in the browser's address bar. The browser may display search term suggestions based on the user's input. Some programs may […]

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Microsoft releases Microsoft Edge Preview for Linux

When Microsoft unveiled the Chromium-based Edge browser some time ago, it surprised many by revealing that the browser would not be Windows 10 exclusive. The classic version of Edge was released only […]

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Microsoft starts the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2020 Update

Microsoft announced just a moment ago that it has released the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, also known as Windows 10 version 20H2, to the public. The update will roll out to […]

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You can now disable JScript execution in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer is not a huge priority anymore at Microsoft but the latest version of the web browser is still maintained by Microsoft and security patches do get released regularly.  Each month, […]