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.

Martin's articles on Ghacks

Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 11 2022 Update to more systems

Released last month, the first feature update for Windows 11 is now unlocked for more devices running Windows 11. Microsoft announced the change on the official Release Health dashboard of the operating […]

Vivaldi 5.5 ships with Task Panel and account improvements

Vivaldi released a new version of its stable Vivaldi browser a moment ago. Vivaldi 5.5 introduces a Task Panel in the sidebar, makes setting up accounts in Mail and Calendar more comfortable, […]

Firefox 105.0.2 fixes 5 different issues in the browser

Mozilla plans to release Firefox 105.0.2 Stable later today. The non-security update addresses five different issues in the browser, including a potential browser deadlock. If you are reading this on October 4, […]

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Windscribe is a popular VPN provider thanks to its generous free version. The Pro version of Windscribe gives users unlimited data, access to all server locations, a config generator, content blocker and […]

Windows 11 2022 Update: performance issue when Copying large files

Microsoft confirmed a new issue that is affecting machines that run the company's newest operating system, Windows 11 2022 Update. The issue has not been added to the list of known issues […]

Microsoft Edge 106 is out with security fixes

Microsoft released Edge 106 to the browser's stable channel on October 3, 2022. The new Microsoft Edge version is a security and content update for the browser. As always, Edge users may […]

Microsoft's implementation of Tabs in File Explorer is lacking severely

If you follow this site, you know that Microsoft plans to launch the first feature drop for Windows 11 later this month. Included in the package is the long-awaited tab support in […]

Maigret: create user dossiers based on username searches on thousands of sites

Maigret is an open source cross-platform tool to create profiles on users using just username searches. The program is free to use and does not require any APIs or configuration. The command […]

Rumor: You may soon need YouTube Premium to watch 4K video

Google experimented on YouTube to increase the company's revenue on the platform recently. After running tests with up to 10 unskippable ads before videos, users on Reddit report that YouTube limited 4K […]

Google released a second Chrome security update this week

Google published a new security update for the company's Chrome web browser that addresses three security issues in the browser. The new update comes less than a week after the release of […]

How to enable Brave's upcoming cookie consent blocking feature right now

Brave plans to give users of the web browser an option to enable a cookie consent blocking feature in version 1.45. Scheduled for an October release, Brave users will see a prompt […]

Waterfox G5.0 out with lots of changes

Waterfox G5.0, the latest version of the Firefox ESR-based web browser, is now available. The latest version of the web browser includes a large number of improvements and new features. The developer […]

Microsoft confirms Windows 11 Printer issue

Microsoft confirmed a new Windows 11 issue that is affecting some printers on the operating system. The issue is serious, and Microsoft has applied a safeguard hold on updates to Windows 11 […]

Google is shutting down Stadia and offering refunds

Google announced today that it will end support for its game streaming service Stadia by January 2023. The company will refund Stadia hardware purchases and all content purchases made through the Stadia […]

Spotify is getting installed on some Windows PCs automatically

It appears that the Spotify application is getting installed on some Windows 10 and 11 devices automatically in the past couple of days. According to user reports, Spotify is installed automatically and […]

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Google delays the death of Manifest V2 extensions to 2024

Google announced an extension of the deadline to remove support for Manifest V2 extensions in the company's Chrome browser and the open source Chromium core. The change does not impact the core […]

How to enable startup app notifications on Windows 11

Windows 11 may notify users of the operating system whenever a new app registers itself to run at startup. The feature, which is turned off by default, is hidden deep in the […]

An analysis of Microsoft's new approach to Windows 11 updates

Microsoft released the first feature update for Windows 11 earlier this month. The update, which is still rolling out to compatible systems, introduced new features and improvements. Microsoft improved several key areas, […]

Brave has a new Copy Clean Link feature

Brave Software released an update for the stable version of the company's Brave Browser on September 27, 2022. Brave Version 1.44.101 release notes are available, but one feature that was originally scheduled […]

Chrome 106 Stable fixes 20 security issues

Google published a new stable version of its Chrome web browser just a moment ago (if you are reading this on September 27th, 2022). The new version of Google Chrome is a […]

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The 2022 Complete Linux Certification Learning Paths: Lifetime Subscription gives you access to a learn-by-doing Linux platform that is regarded highly. The offer includes the following: In-house experts. Learn from full-time Training […]

Opera Limited buys back 20.6% of shares from 360 Security Technology Inc

Norwegian company Opera Limited announced that it intents to buy back all of its shares from Chinese company 360 Security Technology Inc. in an all cash transaction. The purchase would move 20.6% […]

Brother EcoPro: ink and toner subscriptions launches in Europe

Brother Industries, a Japanese electronics and electrical equipment company, has launched an ink and toner subscription service called EcoPro in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Not to be confused with the EcoPro […]

Container Tab Groups: group sites securely in Firefox

Container Tab Groups is a browser extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser. It extends Firefox's partitioning feature Containers with a tab grouping feature. Firefox's Container feature is a unique feature of […]

The next Windows 10 feature update is coming in October

Microsoft released the first feature update for Windows 11 this week. The Windows 11 2022 Update introduced several usability improvements and changes to Microsoft's newest operating system and additional content, including File […]

Mozilla reaffirms that Firefox will continue to support current content blockers

From next year onward, extensions for Google Chrome and most other Chromium-based browsers, will have to rely on a new extension manifest. Manifest V3 defines the boundaries in which extensions may operate. […]

How to enable File Explorer tabs in the Windows 11 2022 Update right now

Microsoft released the Windows 11 2022 Update this week and revealed plans to push the first feature drop in October. Included in the October feature drop is the long awaited support for […]

Firefox 105.0.1 restores focus behavior on startup

Mozilla plans to launch a small update for the stable version of the organization's Firefox web browser later today that restores the original focus behavior on startup. Firefox users who installed Firefox […]

NVIDIA is investigating Windows 11 2022 Update game performance issue

Windows users with NVIDIA powered graphics cards may want to skip the upgrade to the Windows 11 2022 Update feature update for now, as several, who have made the plunge, reported that […]

Invert Files to select files faster on Windows

When it comes to selecting files in File Explorer, Windows users have plenty of options. From left-clicking to selecting individual files to drawing a rectangle around files for selection. Keyboard shortcuts help […]

Here is the fix for Windows 11 2022 Update error 0x800f0806

Some Windows administrators who tried to update their Windows 11 devices to the newly released Windows 11 2022 Update reported  that they have received the error code 0x800f0806 during the process. The […]

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The 2023 Professional CompTIA Exam Certification Prep Bundle preps you for several CompTIA exams, including CompTIA PenTest+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Security+. The following prep courses are included: TOTAL: CompTIA […]

Windows 11 2022 Update: security improvements

Microsoft released the first feature update for Windows 11 this week. The new version of Windows 11 introduces a number of usability improvements and some new features, with more promised to be […]

Brave integrates privacy friendly translate option in its browser

Brave browser users may have noticed translate prompts in the browser when they visit foreign language sites for several weeks now. Brave, which relied on Google Translate up until now, has switched […]

Thunderbird 102.3 is a security and bug fix update

Thunderbird 102.3 is now available. The new version of the open source email client is a security and bug fix release. The update is published already and most Thunderbird installations should receive […]

Find out for how long your Windows 11 version is supported

Microsoft released the first feature update for its Windows 11 operating system on September 20, 2022. It includes improvements and new features, and while it may be tempting for some to upgrade […]

Windows 11 2022 Update is out

Microsoft announced just a moment ago that the first feature update for Windows 11, the Windows 11 2022 Update, is rolling out to users from all over the world. Panos Panay, EVP, […]

Firefox 105 is out: here is what is new

Mozilla published Firefox Stable and Firefox ESR updates on September 20, 2022. Firefox 105 Stable and Firefox 102.3 ESR are the new versions that are now available. The main improvement in Firefox […]

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