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.
Martin has been quoted or mentioned in many major online and print publications, including Forbes, Lifehacker.com, ComputerWorld, LinkedIn, Reddit, Betanews.com, Bleeping Computer, TechCrunch, PC World, Tom's Hardware, Slashdot, Hacker News, The Register, and more.
Martin's articles on Ghacks
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The bundle includes lifetime access to the learning platform Rosetta Stone and lifetime access to StackSkills. Rosetta Stone is a premium learning platform that you may use to learn 24 different languages, […]
A few months ago, developers of the Linux Mint team announced that they would release an Upgrade Tool soon to improve major Linux Mint version upgrades. The graphical user interface tool would […]
Later this year, Microsoft plans to release Windows 10 version 22H2. Right now, Windows 10 version 21H2 is the latest available version, and this version has reached broad deployment status. Microsoft confirms […]
Recent versions of the open source archiver 7-Zip have a vulnerability that has not been fixed yet. Successful exploitation of the vulnerability allows privilege escalation and the execution of commands; it appears […]
Videoconferencing solutions have seen a huge boost since 2020. Workers and students started to work or learn from home, and communicated with others using videoconferencing services. Videoconferencing relies on camera and microphone […]
Vivaldi and Microsoft have released updates for their web browsers that address security issues, including one that is exploited actively in the wild. Vivaldi Technologies announced the release of a minor update […]
Google released a Chrome web browser update to address a security issue in the browser that is actively exploited in the wild. Chrome 100.0.4896.127 has been released for all supported desktop operating […]
This guide walks you through the steps of cloning the system disk (or any other disk) of a Windows 11 PC for free. The method should work on devices running previous versions […]
Microsoft is working on a redesigned Task Manager interface for Windows 11. Most of the planned changes give the Task Manager a new paint but do not change the program's functionality. The […]
The Complete IT for Beginners Bundle gives you access to seven IT-related eLearning courses: three are core CompTIA courses and the remaining four are Microsoft MTA courses. Here is what is included: […]
Microsoft released updates for its Windows operating systems on the April 2022 Patch Day. The company did not highlight any major issues in the release notes and the installation appears to have […]
You is a relatively new search engine that is currently in beta. The creators describe You as a search engine "that summarizes the best parts of the Internet" for its users. Currently, […]
Opera Software, best known for its Opera web browser, launched the commercial VPN service Opera VPN Pro for Android this month. Opera Software's browsers include built-in VPN functionality that is free to […]
Microsoft published information about a new malware on its security website on April 12, 2022. The malware, named Tarrask, exploits a bug in Windows' task scheduling system to evade detection. Tarrask is […]
Microsoft has released security updates and non-security updates for client and server versions of its Windows operating system and other company products, including Microsoft Office, on the April 12, 2022 Patch Tuesday. […]
Mozilla released Firefox 99.0.1 to the public release channel on April 12, 2022. The maintenance update addresses four issues in the browser, including one issue affecting the Zoom service and another that […]
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Microsoft is testing a new feature in its Edge web browser currently that enables users to pause extensions on specific sites. The description of the feature may remind some users of Google […]
Mozilla's Firefox web browser tests on startup whether the network connection that is used requires a login; this is common when a device is connected to a public hotspot, e.g., when using […]
Mozilla released the Extended Color Management in collaboration with the visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic for the Firefox web browser. Designed to provide a simple on-off toggle for using the […]
Windows 11's notification system may be used by applications to send notifications to the user's desktop. Apps may use it to send reminders to the user. A common scenario that is supported […]
Microsoft will end support for the Home and Pro editions of Windows 10 version 20H2 on May 10, 2022. The operating system will receive its last batch of updates on May 2022's […]
Proton AG, the Swiss company behind the popular privacy-friendly products ProtonMail and ProtonVPN has acquired the email alias service SimpleLogin. SimpleLogin is an open source email alias service that has free, commercial […]
Bloatware Removal Tool is an open source script that Windows administrators may run to remove pre-installed Windows applications and other installed software from Windows systems. The script supports Windows 7 and newer […]
Microsoft published a case study on its website to highlight the smoothness of the upgrade to Windows 11 at the company. According to the publication, Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 to 190,000 […]
Microsoft's PowerToys tools collection could soon become a new feature that is taking inspiration from Mac OS' file preview feature. Called Peek, the tool allows users to preview many file formats, including […]
Linux Mint's development team has been working on a new Upgrade tool for some time now. The new tool will make upgrades between major versions of the Linux distributions a lot easier […]
The Premier All CompTIA Certification Training Bundle preps you for nine CompTIA certification exams. Each course includes exam simulations and helps you "review the fundamental skills for each exam, prepare better and […]
Microsoft Windows users who have installed the Microsoft .NET versions 4.5.2, 4.6 or 4.6.1 will have to install newer versions of Microsoft's framework if they want the framework to be supported by […]
Last year, Microsoft introduced Windows 365 to commercial customers. Windows 365 moves the Windows experience to the cloud so that content that is specific to an employee, including files, settings or applications, […]
Vivaldi Technologies released new versions of the company's Vivaldi web browser on April 6, 2022. Vivaldi 5.2 for desktop systems introduces support for tracker and ad-blocking statistics and a Reading List panel, […]
A new version of the open source Thunderbird email client is now available. Thunderbird 91.8.0 includes security updates and makes an important change to Google Mail account authentications The new version of […]
Mozilla released Firefox 99.0 Stable, Firefox 91.8.0 ESR and Firefox 99.0 for Android on April 5, 2022 to the public. The new release includes security fixes, sandbox strengthening on Linux devices, and […]
The Microsoft Data Analysis Bundle includes four courses that teach you advanced skills in Excel, VBA and Access, and Microsoft Power BI. Courses teach advanced topics such as interactivity and complex problem […]
The team that is behind the Brave web browser added two more fingerprinting protections to the browser to improve user privacy on the Internet. The first protects against using the preferred languages […]
Microsoft released the first three-digit version of its Microsoft Edge web browser on April 1, 2022. Microsoft Edge 100 is available for all supported systems. Like Google Chrome 100, released last week, […]
FastStone Image Viewer 7.6 is the latest version of the free (for home use) image viewer for Microsoft Windows devices. The new version is the first release since the release of FastStone […]
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.