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

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How to enable Windows 11 Style Menus in Google Chrome

Google added a new Windows 11 Style Menu to the Canary version of the company's Chrome web browser this week. The new style matches the style of Windows 11 operating system menus, […]

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Firefox 93 for Android becomes system-wide password manager

The upcoming Firefox 93 web browser for Android may be used as a system-wide password manager by its users. Up until now, passwords saved in the browser were restricted for use in […]

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Some Mac and Android users experience website connection issues caused by expired Let's Encrypt certificates

Reports are coming in that Internet users who run Mac devices or older Android devices are experiencing connection issues on some sites they visit in most web browsers. Mac users who experience […]

Office 2021 pricing revealed

Microsoft announced Office 2021, a new perpetual version of the company's Office suite, last month. Office 2021 will launch alongside the company's new Windows 11 operating system on October 5, 2021. A […]

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How to enable the hidden Windows 11 administrator account

Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system includes several user accounts, including an administrator account, that are disabled by default. Users who start Windows 11 for the first time need to create a user […]

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Another Chrome emergency update to patch 0-day vulnerabilities is now available

Google released another security update for the company's Google Chrome web browser that brings the version of the browser to  94.0.4606.71. Google Chrome 94.0.4606.71 is a security update that fixes two vulnerabilities […]

These antivirus programs are compatible with Windows 11 according to AV Comparatives

AV Comparatives, a site known for its security tests, released a list of antivirus programs that it found to be compatible with Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system. Microsoft will release Windows 11 […]

Ghacks Deals: The All-in-One Microsoft, Cybersecurity & Python Exam Prep Training Bundle

The All-in-One Microsoft, Cybersecurity & Python Exam Prep Training Bundle includes six certification preparation courses: Python MTA 98-381 Complete Preparation Course -- Your Complete Python Resource to Succeed in the Python Certification […]

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Don't track me Google for Firefox blocks links manipulations by Google when clicking or copying

When you visit Google Search in the Firefox web browser and run a search, search results look similar to how they are displayed in Google's own browser Chrome. When you right-click on […]

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First look at Windows 11's updated Paint application

Microsoft is working on updates for several of Window's native application. Paint is one of the applications, and the new version of the basic image editor is now being rolled out to […]

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Brave 1.30 supports Microsoft Edge's protocol on Windows to become the true default browser on Windows 10 and 11

Brave 1.30 introduces a new option for devices running Windows 10 or Windows 11, which allows the browser to become the default browser for Microsoft Edge's internal protocol. Searches and internal pages […]

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Microsoft's latest attempt at making Microsoft Store more attractive could work

When Microsoft launched its store, then called Windows Store, alongside its Windows 8 operating system, it became clear quickly that it did not have much to offer. The main issue of the […]

Ghacks Deals: The Awesome AdGuard 3-Year Subscription Bundle

AdGuard is a very popular content blocking solution. The Awesome AdGuard 3-Year Subscription Bundle includes an AdGuard Ad Blocker Family Plan and an AdGuard VPN subscription for three years. AdGuard VPN is […]

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Skype teases "next version", promises all browser support, forgets Firefox icon

Microsoft revealed its future plans for Skype, the communication service that it acquired  in 2011 for $8.5 billion. The next version of Skype will be "improved, faster, reliable, and super modern-looking" according […]

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MediaCreationTool.bat: download Windows 11 ISOs and bypass system compatibility checks

MediaCreationTool.bat is a useful script for Windows to download Windows ISO images from Microsoft servers. The developer has updated the program recently; the latest release introduces support for downloading Windows 11 ISO […]

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How to block sites from requesting Idle Detection API permissions in Chrome

Google introduced a controversial API in Google Chrome 94 this month. Called Idle Detection API, it allows sites to query the device to find out whether it is idle or in active […]

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Will unsupported Windows 11 devices be bricked by Microsoft?

When Microsoft announced its Windows 11 operating system, it made it very clear that the operating system was designed for devices that meet the operating system's system requirements. The company pulled the […] 4.3 4.3 released with performance improvements and switch to .NET 5

A new version of the image editor was released this week. The latest version, Paint.Net 4.3, is the first that uses the .NET 5 framework and no longer .NET Framework 4.8. […]

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Google Chrome: emergency update to patch zero-day vulnerability has been released

Days after the release of Chrome 94 to the Stable channel, comes another update for Google's Chrome web browser. Chrome 94.0.4606.61 is available for the desktop operating systems Linux, Mac and Windows. […]

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Should you buy a Microsoft Surface Go 3 device?

Microsoft unveiled new Surface devices this week, including a new Surface Go 3 device. All devices are available for preorder and come with the company's Windows 11 operating system. Surface Go 3 […]

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Manifest v2 Chrome extensions will stop working in June 2023

Google has been working on a new extension manifest, Manifest v3, for quite some time. The company introduced support for the new manifest version in Chrome 88, released earlier in 2021, and […]

Ghacks Deals: AdGuard Family Plan: Lifetime Subscription + $20 Store Credit

Now is your chance to get an Adguard Family lifetime account for just $29.99. Adguard is a popular content blocking and privacy enhancing software that is available for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS […]

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YouTube's experimental desktop video downloading feature is severely lacking

Google is testing a new experimental feature on YouTube currently that gives YouTube premium subscribers options to download videos on the desktop for later viewing. It is unclear how wide-reaching the experiment […]

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Brave Talk: Video Conferencing for the Brave Browser

Remember Brave Together, the video calling feature that Brave added to the Nightly version of its web browser in May 2020? Brave Together has been renamed to Brave Talk and is now […]

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Chrome 94's Idle Detection API can be abused according to Mozilla and Apple

Google Chrome 94 is out and with the browser comes a new controversial feature: the Idle Detection API. As the name suggests, it can be implemented by sites to find out if […]

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Google Chrome 94 is out with security fixes, a 4-week release cycle, and Extended Stable channel

Google Chrome 94 is available. The new version of Google Chrome fixes security issues and the first version of the browser that is released in the new 4-week release cycle. Previously, Chrome […]

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VLC Media Player 3.4 for Android is now available

VLC Media Player 3.4 for Android is now available. The developers have added new features and improvements to the application for Android, including the ability to add bookmarks, use VLC without giving […]

Ghacks Deals: The Premium Java Programming Certification Bundle

The Premium Java Programming Certification Bundle includes eight courses designed for beginners and experienced users alike. The Java bundle includes introductory courses and courses that expand on what has been learned in […]

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Microsoft's Windows 11 compatibility app PC Health Check is available for everyone now

Wonder whether a PC running Windows is compatible with Microsoft's soon-to-be released operating system Windows 11? Microsoft changed the system requirements of Windows 11 significantly, and many devices that run Windows 10 […]

Nvidia releases GeForce drivers for the final version of Windows 11

Nvidia released updated Game Ready and Studio drivers for the final version of Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system today. The company did release its first Windows 11 ready drivers back in July, […]

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Some native Windows 11 apps require an Internet connection on first launch

If you launch some native applications on Microsoft's new Windows 11 operating system for the first time, you may notice that these applications need an update from the Internet, more precisely the […]

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Microsoft marks latest Windows printing issue as resolved (KB5005033)

Microsoft acknowledged another printing related issue on Windows. After installing the August 2021 patches for Windows, e.g. KB5005033 or KB5005031, some users noticed that printing was causing issues on said devices. According […]

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How to change the Windows 11 display language

Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system supports dozens of interface languages. The operating system comes with a specific interface language installed, but users may switch to another language using built-in options. You may […]

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Mozilla VPN boosted with multi-hop, blocking and custom DNS features

Mozilla introduced new privacy features to its VPN service, Mozilla VPN, earlier this week. The organization launched Mozilla VPN back in June 2020 in select regions and has expanded the availability since […]

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Firefox Experiment is testing Bing as the default search engine

Mozilla is running an experiment on 1% of the Firefox desktop population currently, which sets the default search engine to Bing in the web browser. Firefox ships with different search engines by […]

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Microsoft Office 2021 will be released on October 5, 2021

Microsoft announced a new version of its Office product, Microsoft Office 2021, and a new Long-Term Servicing Channel version, Office LTSC 2021, earlier this year. The company revealed yesterday that Office LTSC […]

Ghacks Deals: The 25 Course for $25 Web Development Mega Bundle (for $25)

25 different web development related courses are included in the bundle. It includes introductory topics, beginners guides but also advanced guides. Topics that are covered include AWS, JavaScript, CSS, Bootstrap, HTML5, Node.js, […]

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Microsoft Silverlight support ends October 12, 2021: here is what you need to know

Microsoft will end support for all versions of the Silverlight development framework on October 12, 2021. Silverlight applications, which are still supported by the company's web browser Internet Explorer 11, will continue […]

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Never enter Microsoft account passwords again with the new passwordless account feature

Microsoft announced the general available of a new passwordless account feature for personal Microsoft accounts today. The feature is being rolled out to all personal Microsoft account customers over the course of […]

Is Kape's acquisition of ExpressVPN cause for concern?

Kape Technologies PLC, a company that changed its name from Crossrider to distance itself from its checkered past, has acquired the popular VPN service ExpressVPN. Express VPN is Kape's fourth acquisition in […]