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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Don't use Chrome's and Edge's Enhanced Spellcheck features

Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge include options to improve the basic spellchecking functionality of the web browser. Chrome's Enhanced Spellcheck and Microsoft Edge's Microsoft Editor are designed to improve spellchecking further, but […]

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LastPass provides details on August 2022 hack

LastPass informed customers about a security breach on the company's official blog in August 2022. This week, the company published additional information about the hack after its investigation. Back in August 2022, […]

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Net Signal Pro Wi-Fi strength checker for Android

Net Signal Pro is a commercial application for Android to check the strength of wireless connections and to display various Wi-fi related information. A free ad-powered version is also available. The app […]

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How to block web fonts to improve privacy

Websites that make use of text have two main options to display it. Use a font that is available on the majority of user devices or use custom web fonts, which are […]

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Microsoft Edge 105.0.1343.42 Stable fixes 8 security issues

Microsoft released a security update for the stable version of the company's Edge web browser. Microsoft Edge 105.0.1343.42 fixes eight security issues in the web browser. The security update is already available. […]

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YouTube is testing up to 10 unskippable ads before videos

If you are still using YouTube, you may have been hit with an increase in unskippable advertisement recently. Up until now, YouTube viewers saw up to two so-called unskippable ads before the […]

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Avast acquires I don't care about Cookies browser extension

Avast, a company known for its security products and services, has acquired the popular browser extension I don't care about cookies. The extension deals with cookie notices that most websites display these […]


Windows 11 version 22H2: new and updated apps

Like Windows 10, Windows 11 comes with dozens of default applications created by Microsoft. Some of these, such as Notepad, Alarm & Clock, and Media Player, provide core functionality, while others may […]

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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 […]

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Firefox Relay: integration in Firefox, phone number forwarding and new price

Firefox Relay, Mozilla's email alias service to protect your real email address, is soon getting support for protecting phone numbers as well. The service will also be integrated into Firefox and the […]

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Bitwarden password manager adds Fastmail email forwarding support

Bitwarden is a popular choice when it comes to password managers. A late entry to the niche, it is open source, free for personal use and does not restrict functionality artificially for […]

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Install Microsoft .NET with the Windows Package Manager winget

Windows administrators may use the Windows Package Manager winget to install supported Microsoft .NET applications. Microsoft released Windows Package Manager 1.0 back in 2021, opening it up for use on production machines. […]

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The Supercharged Cybersecurity Bundle is a huge bundle that includes ten different security released ebooks. Ebooks may be downloaded for offline access, and length of access is set to lifetime. Here is […]

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates September 2022 overview

Microsoft released security and non-security updates for Windows and other company products on the September 2022 Patch Day. These updates address security issues in Microsoft products, and may also introduce improvements, fix […]

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Play Lunar Lander in the copy dialog on Windows

Windows copy dialog is displayed when you copy files from one location to another. Depending on the number of files, their sizes and locations involved in the copy job, copying may take […]

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Should you upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 version 22H2?

Windows 10 is the most popular desktop operating system from a usage share point of view. While some Windows 10 owners decided to upgrade to Windows 11 when the operating system came […]

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Open Source Photo Editor PhotoDemon 9.0 released

The developers of the open source photo editor PhotoDemon have released PhotoDemon 9.0 after two years of development. The new release features user interface improvements, support for new image formats, reduced resource […]

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Windows 11 version 22H2: Focus Assist and Quick Settings improvements

It is already the eighth part of our "what is new in Windows 11 version 22H2" series. This time, we are taking a look at Focus Assist and Quick Settings improvements in […]

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Microsoft is testing an video ad-blocker in Edge for Android

Microsoft implemented a new feature in the company's Edge Canary browser for Android. Called Edge Block Video Ads, its purpose is to block video advertisement on sites such as YouTube. The experimental […]

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Winamp 5.9 Final Released after years of development

Two months ago, the developers of the audio player Winamp released a first release candidate of Winamp 5.9. The player, which many thought dead and buried, came back to life and users […]

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Password Manager KeePass 2.52 is out

KeePass 2.52 is the newest stable version of the popular password manager. The new release introduces new features and improvements to the application, including improved importing support for passwords from other password […]

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Opinion: it is time to switch from Chrome to another browser

Google Chrome is the dominating desktop browser and a strong browser on mobile as well. Google, being an advertising company first and foremost, gets a ton of data from browser use. What […]

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uBlock Origin Minus: an experimental Manifest v3 compatible extension

Raymond Hill, the creator of the popular content blocker uBlock Origin, has published the experimental extension uBO Minus for Chromium-based browsers. (Update: it is now called uBlock Origin Lite) The experimental extension […]

Ghacks Deals: The Awesome AdGuard 3-Year Subscription Bundle (AdGuard + AdGuard VPN)

  The Awesome AdGuard 3-Year Subscription Bundle gives you three years of access to the popular content blocker AdGuard and AdGuard VPN. AdGuard is a content blocker that runs system-wide, unlike most […]

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Firefox 105: number of out-of-memory crashes significantly reduced

It is just two more weeks before Firefox 105 Stable will be released by Mozilla. The web browser comes with an interesting change that will reduce the number of out-of-memory crashes on […]

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HP Support Assistant has a DLL Hijacking Vulnerability

HP Support Assistant is a software program that is included on HP computers and notebooks. The program is also available as a standalone download; customers who use HP peripherals, such as printers […]


GNU LibreJS for Firefox blocks non-free non-trivial JavaScript

GNU LibreJS is a browser extension for Firefox and Firefox-based browsers that is designed to block non-free non-trivial JavaScript by default. Compared to NoScript,  GNU LibreJS works similarly on first glance. One […]

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Windows 11 version 22H2: Control Panel and Settings changes

In the seventh part of the "what's new in Windows 11 version 22H2" series, we are taking a look at Control Panel and Settings changes. Microsoft began to replace the classic Control […]

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PowerToys 0.62: three new toys to play with (Text Extractor, Quick Accent, Screen Ruler)

Microsoft published a new stable version of its PowerToys tools collection for Windows today. The new version of PowerToys introduces three new utilities to the application that users may start using right […]

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How to configure RSS Guard to block all cookies

Users of the open source feed reader RSS Guard may block all incoming cookies in the application. The application processes cookies by default, but a recent update introduced the option to disable […]

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The Complete 2023 Tech Certification Training Bundle includes 11 online courses that take your tech skills to the next level and prepares you to take certification exams. The entire bundle is available […]

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Firefox 104.0.2 fixes a crash, media playback and touch issues

Mozilla plans to release Firefox 104.0.2 to the Stable channel today. The new version of Firefox fixes an out-of-memory crash, video and audio playback issues, and issues when using touch-devices or a […]

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Here is what is going to happen after the release of Windows 11 2022 Update

The first major update for Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system, the Windows 11 2022 Update, or Windows 11 version 22H2, will likely be released in the coming weeks. We have looked at […]

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Bypass Paywalls Clean browser extension review

Bypass Paywalls Clean is an open source browser extension for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and other Chromium-based web browsers that loads paywalled articles once installed. More and more sites implement paywalls as […]

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Should you install the Windows 11 2022 Update right away?

Microsoft has not announced the official release date for the first Windows 11 feature update yet, but hints suggests that it may drop on September 20, 2022. With the release of a […]

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Windows 11 version 22H2: gaming changes

In the sixth part of the series, we are looking at the improvements for gamers and gaming in the upcoming Windows 11 2022 update. When Microsoft launched the original version of Windows […]

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Google releases Chrome 105 emergency update to address security issue

Google released an emergency update for the company's Chrome web browser on September 2, 2022. The update addresses a security issue in the browser that is rated high and exploited in the […]

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Workaround for Microsoft Edge 105 startup problems

Microsoft published a new version of its Edge web browser to the Stable channel today. The new Edge browser fixes 15 different security issues, including one rated critical. Most of the security […]

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USB 4 Version 2.0: same connector, twice the performance

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The AWS Certified Dev And Ops Engineer Professional Training Bundle is a four-part course series that preps you for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Development and Operations Engineer Professional exam. It […]