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: The 2023 Certified Technology Professional Bundle

The 2023 Certified Technology Professional Bundle includes nine certification training courses. The following courses are included: Information Systems Certification & Accreditation Professional Certified Secure Web Application Engineer Certified Vulnerability Assessor Certified Security […]

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Microsoft makes free Teams features exclusive to upcoming Teams Premium

Microsoft revealed plans in October 2022 to launch Microsoft Teams Premium, a subscription-based version of its meeting and collaboration application. Teams Premium is available as a preview release at the moment and […]

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Better understanding Brave Browser's content blocker

A recent thread on Reddit resulted in a heated discussion about Brave Browser's content blocking and the company's dual-role as a browser maker and ad-tech company. The thread starter criticized Brave Browser […]

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DeepL Translator: reduced character limit and price increase

DeepL Translator is a translation service that is available as mobile apps, desktop programs and a web service. The service is offered as a free limited version and a Pro version. We […]

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Microsoft 365 Basic: here is what we know about the new plan

Microsoft 365 Basic is the latest addition to Microsoft 365 for Home users and families. The plan replaces the OneDrive 100 GB Standalone plan, which Microsoft plans to retire. When Microsoft introduced […]

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Google Chrome 109 launches with 17 security fixes

Google Chrome 109 is now available for all supported operating systems. The new browser version fixes 17 different security issues and is the last major version release for Windows 7 and Windows […] 5.0 5.0 Image Editor is now available 5.0 has been released. The final version of the Windows image editor is a major release that features performance improvements, a new effect plugin system that supports GPU rendering, support for […]

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Thunderbird Sync enabled in latest Development build

2023 could become a major year for the open source Thunderbird email client. The team plans to launch a modernized client for the supported desktop systems, without removing functionality or dumbing it […]

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates January 2023 overview

It is January 10, 2023, and that means it is the first Microsoft Patch Day of the year 2023. It is also the last Patch day for Windows 7 devices that are […]

Password Manager KeePass 2.53 released with password history improvements

Password Manager KeePass 2.53 released with password history improvements

KeePass 2.53 is out. The new version of the popular KeePass password manager includes a large number of new features and improvements. The new version is available already on the developer website. […]

Microsoft sneaks Secure Boot support into Windows 7 shortly before support ends

Support for Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 is ending today officially. Microsoft will release a last cumulative update for Windows 7 on January 10, 2023 before the operating system is laid […]

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Optery is an online service that removes your home address, phone number, email address, and other private information from the internet by opting you out of the top data brokers that trade […]

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You may soon disable all extensions on specific sites in Chrome

Google is working on a new feature for its Chrome web browser that allows users to disable all active extensions for specific sites. The feature is available in Chrome Canary currently and […]

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Open Source recording and streaming app OBS Studio 29.0 released

The OBS Project released OBS Studio 29.0 today for Windows and Mac OS devices. The Linux version of OBS Studio 29.0 is not yet available at the time of writing on the […]

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How to enable Brave Browser's Night Mode for any website

Dark modes for application interfaces and also web content have seen a rise in recent time. Operating systems and many programs support dark and light modes, which users may enable or use […]

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While Windows 7 has a fighting chance, it is game over for Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 receives one more batch of security patches on the coming Tuesday before Microsoft lays the operating system to rest. Windows 8.1 does not get the same Extended Security Updates treatment […]

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0Patch: security updates for Microsoft Edge on unsupported Windows versions until 2025

0Patch, a company best known for providing security updates for Windows products that are no longer supported by Microsoft, announced that it has added Microsoft Edge to the list of supported products. […]

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Twitter: check if your email address is among the 200 million leaked

Over 200 million email addresses were copied from Twitter in early 2023. News of the leak broke when the email addressed turned up in a hacking forum. Active Twitter users and those […]

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Windows 11: Microsoft removes Website Recommendations and another annoying feature

Microsoft released a new development build of Windows 11 to the Dev Channel this week. Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25272 is a bug fix release for the most part, but it […]

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Firefox 108.0.2 will be released later today fixing crashes

Mozilla plans to release Firefox 108.0.2 later today, if you are reading this on January 5, 2023. The new Firefox Stable release addresses browser crashes. Most Firefox installations will receive the update […]

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Using ChatGPT as a translation service with a kick

Since ChatGPT's public release in November 2022, users from all over the world have discovered applications for it. From handing out recipes to spicing up search engine results and using it to […]

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Microsoft considering adding ChatGPT to its Bing Search engine

Microsoft is considering integrating ChatGPT into its Microsoft Bing search engine in an effort to boost its attractiveness. The plan, first revealed by The Informer, appears to be in early stages at […]

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Microsoft Office in 2023: what you need to know

Microsoft Office users face several important changes in 2023 that affect standalone versions of Microsoft Office and mobile Microsoft Office apps. Microsoft customers who have a Microsoft 365 subscription or Microsoft Office […]

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Windows 11 usage share continues to rise slowly

Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system continued its slow but steady usage share climb in December 2022. Microsoft released the operating system in late 2021 to the public. Since then, it has gained […]

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The Complete Microsoft Windows, 365, and Teams Certification Training Bundle prepares you to take different Microsoft Certified certification exams. The courses may also be of interest to learners who are interested in […]

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Radio Garden: tune into local and remote radio stations in your browser

Radio Garden is a free online service that provides radio stations that users may listen to from any browser they use. The service is free to use and does not require an […]

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Why isn't Google Chrome losing market share?

Google's Chrome web browser is the dominating web browser on desktop and on mobile. Statcounter, one of the leading third-party trackers of usage, lists the worldwide market share of Chrome by 66.14% […]

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Google Chrome: block insecure downloads option in development

Google is working on introducing a new security option in its Chrome web browser that will block insecure downloads when enabled. Most of the Web has migrated to HTTPS, but there is […]

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Mozilla changes Firefox's user agent because of Internet Explorer 11

Microsoft retired its Internet Explorer 11 web browser in 2022 officially to concentrate fully on Microsoft Edge. While Internet Explorer is disabled on most systems and from the focus of most developers, […]

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10 Top Windows Software picks for 2022

What better way to end the year with a look back at some of the best programs for Microsoft's Windows operating system that were released in 2022 or updated in a major […]

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Windhawk 1.0 Beta: new version of the modular Windows customizer

We reviewed a development version of the Windows customizer Windhawk earlier this year. The developer has released Windhawk 1.0 this month, which includes major updates and marks the last step before the […]

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Any Video Converter Free 8.0 launches

Any Video Converter Free 8.0 is the latest version of the free video converter and media toolkit for Windows. The new version is the first release of the application in 2022, making […]

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TeraCopy 3.9.7: options to run PowerShell scripts and use IFTTT

A new version of the third-party file copying software TeraCopy is now available. TeraCopy 3.9.7 includes several new features and improvements, as well as bug fixes. The new version is available from […]

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The 2023 Agile & Scrum Master Certification Training Bundle consists of 7 eLearning courses about Agile and Scrum. It is designed with beginners in mind, is available for lifetime and includes updates. […]

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Handbrake 1.6 video converter released with AV1 video encoding support

The developers of the open source video converter Handbrake have released Handbrake 1.6 to the public. The new version is available 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11, as well as […]

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Windows in 2023: here is what we know so far

The year 2023 is a major year for the Windows operating system. Microsoft will retire two Windows operating systems in the same month and release new updates for the two versions that […]

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Make tabbed browsing better by changing the focus on the tab bar

Tabbed browsing is a great feature, especially for people like me who have dozens or even hundreds of tabs open at any time in the browser. Currently, I have about 70 tabs […]

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Should you back up important Windows folders to OneDrive?

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