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: Password Boss Premium: Lifetime Subscription (Unlimited Devices)

Password Boss is a cross-platform password manager, that has a strong focus on security. The premium version of the password manager allows one user to install the password manager on an unlimited […]

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Samsung Internet 17.0 Browser released: anti-tracking and usability improvements

Samsung Electronics released Samsung Internet 17.0, the company's official mobile browser, on May 4, 2022. The new version of Samsung's browser blocks Internet tracking automatically and improves the usability in several meaningful […]

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KB5012643 for Windows 11 may crash some .Net apps

Microsoft released the preview update KB5012643 for Windows 11 on April 25, 2022. Preview updates are not installed automatically via Windows Update; Microsoft uses the previews to test the updates and fix […]

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AV-Comparatives: Microsoft Defender has a large impact on system performance

Security research and testing company AV-Comparatives released the results of its April 2022 Performance test. The test analyzed the system performance impact of antivirus solutions on Windows devices. The company ran a […]

Ghacks Deals: The Complete 2022 Linux Certification Training Bundle

The Complete 2022 Linux Certification Training Bundle includes 12 online learning courses that teach Linux skills. The bundle is ideal for beginners who want to get started with Linux, but it may […]

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Thunderbird mobile application is coming soon

Users of the open source email client Thunderbird may soon install it as an application for use on mobile devices. Thunderbird is a popular desktop email client, but it is not available […]

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Mozilla releases Firefox 100: here is what is new

The first three-digit version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser has been released on May 3, 2022. Firefox 100 introduces a whole range of new features and improvements, including captions and subtitle support […]

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Microsoft Edge beats Safari and Firefox to become second after Chrome on desktop systems

Microsoft's Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser surpassed the 10% usage share market on desktop systems in April 2022 according to Statcounter; this means that it is second only to Google Chrome, which […]

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Ransomware Study 2022: attacks are up, ransom payments are increasing

Ransomware attacks are increasing and getting more complex, according to the State of Ransomware 2022 report, which cybersecurity firm Sophos published. Companies are getting better at restoring data after attacks, but ransom […]

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Microsoft: please stop using Internet Explorer before it runs out of support next month

Microsoft announced in mid 2021 that it will retire the company's Internet Explorer 11 browser in most Windows versions in June 2022. That day is coming nearer, and while many Home users […]

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How to disable media keys support in Google Chrome

Google Chrome supports media keys on some operating systems; this enables users to press hardware media keys, usually on the device's keyboard, to control media playback in the Chrome browser. Chrome users […]

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First look at NordVPN's Threat Protection feature

NordVPN is a popular VPN provider. The company releases new features for its VPN clients regularly, and one of the latest features that it introduced is Threat Protection. Threat Protection is a […]


Microsoft is giving Windows 11 admins more control in latest Insider update

Microsoft released a new Insider build for its Windows 11 operating system. Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22610 introduces new group policies for IT administrators, that modify the default functionality of the […]

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Microsoft Edge 101 patches 25 security issues

Microsoft Edge 101 stable is now available. The new version of Microsoft's cross-platform web browser patches 25 security issues and includes several non-security related improvements. Desktop users may select Menu > Help […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2022 Complete Python Certification Bootcamp Bundle

The 2022 Complete Python Certification Bootcamp Bundle includes 12 brand new Python courses. The bundles includes beginner courses but also advanced courses for experienced developers. Here is the list of included courses: […]

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Windows 11's usage share marked time in April 2022 according to AdDuplex

Last month, usage share growth of Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system slowed down to a crawl according to the monthly stats that AdDuplex releases. At 19.4% of all observed systems, Windows 11's […]

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Ransomware payments are marginal when compared to the overall costs

Ransomware payments by organizations made up about a seventh of the overall costs of ransomware attacks in 2020 according to a new study by Check Point Research and Kovrr. While ransom payments […]

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Microsoft Edge Secure Network: browser VPN with 1GB free data

Microsoft is testing a new feature in the Microsoft Edge web browser, that is bringing a browser VPN free of charge to all users who are signed-in with a Microsoft Account. Microsoft […]

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Brave 1.38 launches with improved Shields panel and De-AMP privacy feature

Brave Software released Brave 1.38, a new stable version of the company's Chromium-based browser, on April 27, 2022. The new version of Brave introduces De-AMP, a technology to redirect Google AMP pages […]

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Microsoft Lens can only save scans if you allow it to analyze the content

Microsoft Lens, a free scanning application for Google Android, is a document scanning and conversion app. One of its main purposes is the taking of photos of documents or whiteboards, editing the […]

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Those icons on your Windows Taskbar next to Search are part of Search Highlights

Back in March 2022, Microsoft unveiled the Search Highlights feature in recent Windows 11 Insider builds. The feature brings more MSN content to the Windows desktop by adding "notable and interesting moments" […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2022 CompTIA & AWS, Cisco Certification Paths Bundle: Lifetime Access

The 2022 CompTIA & AWS, Cisco Certification Paths Bundle includes lifetime access to exam preparation courses for 13 different certification exams. Here is the list of included certification exams that you may […]

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Chrome 101 ships with controversial advertising system trials

Google plans to release a new stable version of the company's Chrome web browser later today. Chrome 101 is released four weeks after the last version of Chrome was released, which was […]

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WinfrGUI: easy to use Windows file recovery application

WinfrGUI is a free program to recover files on Windows PCs. The program is easy to use and runs under Windows 10 and 11 only at the time of writing. The file […]

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Should you install preview updates for Windows 10 or Windows 11?

Microsoft releases at least two updates for its Windows 10 and 11 operating systems per month. The first update is rolled out on the second Tuesday of the month; it includes security […]

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Add Custom Context Menu items to Windows 11's File Explorer menu

Microsoft changed the context menu in File Explorer when it launched the Windows 11 operating system. File Explorer has two context menus in Windows 11: the new compact menu opens first when […]

Phishing Attacks grew by 29% in 2021 overall. Smishing is on the rise

Phishing attacks have grown by 29% in 2021 when compared to 2020 according to an analysis by Zscaler's ThreatLabz research team. The researchers analyzed data from over 200 billion daily transactions and […]

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Default Windows apps have a much larger size than reported

Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system includes dozens of default applications that are available by default right after installation on first run. Some of these applications provide core functionality, like photo viewing, media […]

Microsoft starts to phase out NetBIOS and LLMNR to focus on mDNS

Microsoft's Windows operating system supports several multicast name resolution protocols, including NetBIOS and LLMNR. The state of the art protocol that is widely used today is mDNS, while the protocols NetBIOS and […]

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How to switch to a different regional Store in the Amazon App

Amazon operates regional stores that customers may buy products from. The Stores are not limited to customers from a specific region, but some products may not be purchasable if a customer comes […]

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Microsoft Defender's protective capabilities suffer offline

Microsoft Defender, the default security solutions on modern versions of the Windows operating system, has been doing well in recent antivirus tests of independent organizations such as AV-Comparatives. In 2019, it was […]

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Google is rolling out new cookie popups with "reject all" option in Europe

Google is changing its cookie popups on Google Search and YouTube in Europe. The new cookie banner is rolling out already, and the main change that it introduces is the integration of […]

Ghacks Deals: Microsoft Office Professional 2021 for Windows: Lifetime License (85% 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 […]

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Ubuntu 22.04 LTS with GNOME 42 and Wayland as the default is now available

Canonical released the final version of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS -- Long Term Support -- with GNOME 42, Wayland as the default for all systems and Firefox being provided as a snap only, […]

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Featured and Established Publisher badges are now listed on the Chrome Web Store

If you have visited the Chrome Web Store recently, you may have noticed that many extensions show up with a featured and established publisher badge on the Store. The Chrome Web Store […]

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Brave Search introduces Discussions to add real-human conversations to search results

Brave Search, a search engine operated by the maker of the Brave Browser, is showing content from user discussions for certain queries now. Brave Software acquired the search engine technology developed by […]

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Millions of Lenovo devices affected by BIOS vulnerability

Millions of Lenovo notebooks are affected by a serious BIOS vulnerability. Lenovo informed its customers about the vulnerability on its support website this week. The company released firmware updates for some of […]

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Microsoft will disable the SMB1 client in Windows this year

Microsoft announced plans to disable SMB1 (Server Message Block) in Windows this week. The SMB1 protocol was created in 1983 at IBM and Microsoft began to fade out support for the product […]

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Brave's De-AMP feature redirects Google-hosted AMP pages to publisher pages

Brave Browser will soon redirect webpages, that use Google's AMP technology, to the publisher website automatically. AMP, which stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages, is a technology by Google that Brave considers to […]

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Microsoft Office 2013 support ends on April 11, 2023

Microsoft Office 2013 will reach its end of servicing on April 11, 2023. The standalone Office suite won't receive security updates anymore after the end of support date. Customers who run Office […]