Martin Brinkmann

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.

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Free Evernote users may soon be limited to 50 notes

Remember Evernote? The note taking service was acquired in 2022 by Bending Spoons, an Italy-based maker of mobile applications. Back then, Evernote was said to have 250 million users and a revenue […]

Amazon turns its Fire TV Cube into an Enterprise PC

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is the company's top of the line hardware streaming product. Unlike its Fire TV cousins, it is packed with an Ethernet connection, the ability to control Alexa by […]

Microsoft is retiring its Microsoft 365 Extension

Microsoft confirmed the retiring of its Microsoft 365 browser extension for Chrome and Edge in a new support document. The company plans to remove the extension from the Chrome Web Store and […]

How to format USB Flash Drives in Windows

Most USB Flash Drives that you plug in to a Windows PC are detected automatically by the system. Some may need to be formatted before you can start using them. Put simply, […]

Some Google Drive users claim that they lost months worth of files

Over the past couple of days, users flocked to the Google Drive Help forum to report on a issue. According to their reports, they lost files that they hosted on Google Drive. […]

Google is the master of fake Privacy features

Google started out with a "don't be evil" motto when it launched its first product, Google Search. Today, Google is a different company. It has created numerous products and abandoned a lot. […]

Enable 256-bit Bitlocker encryption on Windows 11 to boost security

Bitlocker is the default encryption technology of the Windows operating system. It is used widely on Windows, but some users prefer third-party solutions, such as VeraCrypt. What many users of Bitlocker don't […]

LibreOffice is now available for Android, sort of

LibreOffice is a popular open source Office suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. It is one of the top choices when it comes to replacing Microsoft Office with a free alternative. The […]

20 years of Notepad++. Version 8.6 launches with Multi-Edit feature

Notepad++ is an open source plain text editor for Windows that offers better functionality than the built-in Notepad tool of the operating system. Notepad++ is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. The developer […]

Microsoft confirms Narrator issue in Windows 11 version 23H2

Windows 11 users who install the latest version of the operating system via ISO or media may not be able to start Narrator during installation. Microsoft confirmed the issue today on a […]

You may now ask Google Bard questions about YouTube Videos

Google expanded the functionality of its AI Google Bard this week. The new feature improves the AI's understanding of YouTube videos. Basically, what it allows you to do know is to ask […]

Google rolls out new Google Maps color scheme

If you use Google Maps, chance is that you have noticed that the service is using a new color scheme. The change is still rolling out to users on all device types […]

Security researchers bypass Windows Hello fingerprint authentication

Security researchers at Blackwing Intelligence managed to bypass Windows Hello fingerprint authentication on devices with the three most used fingerprint sensors on Windows. The researchers were asked by Microsoft's Offensive Research and […]

Steam, Epic Games and GOG launch Black Friday Sales

The last two months of the year are always packed with sales. This is especially true for game distribution platforms, regardless of whether the platform is PC, PlayStation, Switch or Xbox. Sales […]

This Windows file controls the uninstallation of Edge, Web Search and other features

Microsoft plans to introduce fundamental changes to its Windows 10 and 11 operating systems in the coming months. Two of the main changes allow users to uninstall Microsoft Edge and Web Search […]

Firefox 120 ships today with massive privacy improvements

Later today, Mozilla plans to release Firefox 120. The new stable version of the web browser includes a large number of privacy improvements and some other changes. The release date is November […]

How to copy image text quickly in Windows 11

Copying text in Windows 11 and other versions is easy. Just select the text and use Ctrl-C to copy it to the Clipboard. You may also be able to right-click on the […]

YouTube video loading delayed? Fix inside

Some visitors of YouTube noticed that the loading of videos would take a whole lot longer than usually. Affected users seem to use browsers that are not Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. […]

Google wants a slice of the AI holiday shopping pie, too

After Microsoft and Mozilla, Google also announced how generative AI can help shoppers find the perfect holiday gifts.  Some shoppers on Google may use AI to get gift ideas for the holiday […]

Ad Accelerator mutes and speeds up YouTube ads

Ad Accelerator is a new browser extension for Chromium-based web browsers such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. It's only purpose is to make ads on YouTube easier to bear. The extension […]

You can remove Edge and Bing Search on Windows 11 even if you don't live in Europe

Microsoft announced this week that users in the European Economic Area will soon be able to remove Bing and Edge from Windows 11. Users from all European Union countries as well as […]

Protect your eBay account with Authenticator apps

Users of eBay had several options up until now to improve account login security using 2-step verification. They could get texts or emails from eBay that contain the code, or get codes […]

Your Chrome extensions may stop working in 2024

Google has resumed the plan to deprecate Manifest V2 extensions and will end support for these by mid-2024. Extensions for Google Chrome use Manifest V2, a kind of rulebook that highlights what […]

Breaking: Windows users in the EEA will soon be able to remove Bing and Edge

Windows users who reside in the European Economic Area will soon be able to uninstall Microsoft Edge and Bing Search on Windows 11. They will furthermore be able to disable (some) ads. […]

Google launches updated Titan Security Key with FIDO2 support

Google announced the official launch of its latest Titan Security Key devices in select regions this week. Main improvements include support for FIDO2, which allows users to add compatible non-Google accounts to […]

Microsoft releases the Windows App. Here is a quick explainer

Microsoft released the Windows App as a preview this week. The application is available for Windows, macOS, iOS and web browsers at the time of writing. No word yet on an Android […]

Microsoft investigating Windows 10 and 11 activation issues

Microsoft is investigating Windows 10 and Windows 11 activation issues. Windows customers who try to use Windows 7 or Windows 8 / 8.1 keys to reactivate Windows 10 or Windows 11 may […]

WhatsApp backups will soon count against your Google cloud storage on Android

WhatsApp users on Android who use the backup feature of the messaging app will have backups count against their Google cloud storage quota. Backups allow Android users to back up all of […]

The Windows November 2023 security updates are now available

Microsoft released security updates for all supported versions of its Windows operating system on the November 2023 Patch Tuesday. Security updates are also available for Windows Server products, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office […]

Mozilla launches AI shopping helper Fakespot Chat

Fakespot Chat is an AI-powered shopping helper by Mozilla-owned Fakespot. Fakespot is a free service designed to analyze product reviews online to provide Internet users with adjusted ratings. The main idea behind […]

You may now ask Copilot AI to be your personal shopping assistant

Microsoft announced the general rollout of Copilot in Microsoft Shopping on the Microsoft Edge blog today. While announced on the Edge blog, it is an AI-powered service that is available on the […]

Microsoft Office 2024 confirmed: won't require a subscription

Microsoft Office 2024 exists, does not require a subscription and it will be released in 2024. Microsoft Office is provided in two different versions and several editions currently. There is the subscription-based […]

Microsoft Edge is getting video translations

After launching live captions support for online videos in Microsoft Edge, and later on in Windows, Microsoft is working on the next big step to improving the online video experience in its […]

How to uninstall Photos from Windows 11

Photos is the default image viewer of the Windows 11 operating system. As with many other default apps, it is okay, but not great. Windows users have a wide range of options […]

How to disable the new Google Chrome 2023 design temporarily

Google is rolling out the Chrome 2023 design refresh to more and more users. You may notice that the design is more colorful and that you can select different themes that range […]

Mullvad's public encrypted DNS Servers run in RAM now

Sweden-based VPN provider Mullvad announced today that its public encrypted DNS servers run fully in RAM. The announcement comes less than two months after Mullvad completed the migration of its VPN infrastructure […]

Facebook is now showing subscribe or continue with ads prompts to EU users

If you are accessing Facebook from the European Union, Switzerland or the European Economic Area, you may see a prompt that asks you to make a choice. Want to subscribe or continue […]

The new Outlook may give Microsoft access to third-party emails and logins

The new Outlook for Windows application will replace Mail and Calendar, and also classic Outlook. Problem is, it may transfer third-party email logins to Microsoft and gives Microsoft full access to all […]

Brace yourself, a report suggests that Copilot is coming to Windows 10

If you think that Microsoft was done adding Copilots to all of its products then you are mistaken. A report by Windows Central suggests that Microsoft has plans to introduce Windows Copilot […]

You may need to provide a reason now when quitting OneDrive

OneDrive is Microsoft's default cloud file hosting and syncing service. It is baked into Windows and enabled if a Microsoft account is used to sign-in. Since Microsoft is making it difficult to […]