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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PeaZip 8.2.0 File Archiver may keep extracted files when errors are encountered

PeaZip 8.2.0 is a new version of the cross-platform file archiver. PeaZip is available for Windows and Linux, and it has become my go-to application for archive related tasks after the Bandizip […]

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How to enable TPM 2.0 on your PC

One of the pre-requisites for Windows 11 is TPM 2.0, the Trusted Platform Module according to Microsoft. While Windows 11 will install on devices with TPM 1.2, some functionality may not be […]

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Steam's new Download Manager and Storage Management features improve usability

Valve released an update for stable versions of the company's Steam gaming platform on September 9, 2021. The update introduces the updated download manager and storage management functionality in stable client versions […]

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KeePass 2.49 Password Manager is out with auto-type, accessibility and usability improvements

The developer of the KeePass password manager application, Dominik Reichl, released the new version KeePass 2.49 on September 10, 2021. KeePass is a powerful local password manager that can be extended in […]

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Firefox will soon unload tabs to cope with low memory and reduce crashes

Mozilla enabled an automated tab unloading feature to Firefox Nightly on Windows this week, which is designed to improve low memory situations when the browser is used. Tab unloading work began more […]

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Windows 11's File Explorer has serious usability issues

File Explorer, the default file management tool of Windows 11, is not the same tool that users of Windows 10 use to manage files. Microsoft redesigned large parts of File Explorer, and […]

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Should you upgrade to an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max?

Amazon announced several new Fire TV products today on the official company blog and website. A new Fire TV stick was unveiled next to the company's first Fire TV-powered televisions, the Fire […]

Ghacks Deals: The Premium Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence Super Bundle

The Premium Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence Super Bundle includes 12 eLearning courses covering topics such as machine learning, Python, data science, deep learning, Tensorflow, Keras, H20 Framework, or R. The entire course […]

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How to disable Firefox Suggest

Firefox Suggest, a new feature of the Firefox web browser that is introducing custom search and sponsored suggestions in the browser's address bar, is included in Firefox 92 Stable, at least for […]

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Edge Deflector, the tool that redirects Edge requests to your favorite browser, works on Windows 11 as well

Edge Deflector, a handy tool for Microsoft Windows devices to redirect requests that open in Microsoft Edge to other web browsers installed on the system, supports Microsoft's upcoming operating system Windows 11 […]

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Microsoft Start: news and interests expanded to the Web and Apps

Microsoft announce the new news and interests platform Microsoft Start today, designed to provide users of the product with access to information across platforms. When Microsoft rolled out the News and Interests […]

Ghacks Deals: The Complete 2021 Learn Linux Bundle

The Complete 2021 Learn Linux Bundle is a big eLearning bundle designed to teach core aspects of Linux. It is designed for beginners but also for intermediate users, as some of the […]

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Windows 11 Requirements Check Tool offers details on why a PC is not compatible with Windows 11

Windows 11 Requirements Check Tool is a new portable program for computer systems running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. It compares the computers hardware with Microsoft's requirements for the company's Windows 11 […]

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Firefox 92.0 release: here is what is new and changed

Firefox 92.0 Stable's release date is September 7, 2021. The new Stable version of the Firefox web browser is a stability and security release for the most part, but it does include […]

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Enable Compact View in Windows 11's File Explorer for improved usability

Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Windows 11 operating system comes with a redesigned File Explorer application to manage files and folders on the operating system. Gone are the times of the ribbon and tabs, Microsoft […]

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You may still use Disk Cleanup on Windows 11 (even though Microsoft does not want you to)

Microsoft continues to push the Settings application in Windows 11 just like it has done in Windows 10. The latest victim of the replacement policy is the classic Disk Cleanup tool. Used […]

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Manage, download and convert Audible Audiobooks with OpenAudible

OpenAudible is a cross-platform open source desktop application for managing, downloading and converting Audible audiobooks. Note: a license is required to use most program features. It is available for $16 and includes […]

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Google plans to replace Chrome's cookies and site data controls with an inferior option

Comments on the official Chromium issues tracker confirm that Google plans to deprecate the browser's cookies and site data controls in favor of a page that is inferior in functionality at the […]

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A Microsoft Teams ad caused Windows 11 Insider systems to hang

When Microsoft revealed that upcoming Windows 11 Insider builds were not exactly as stable as previous builds some time ago, it probably did not have this week's Windows 11 stability issues in […]

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Microsoft Edge 93 released with Tab Groups and Vertical Tabs improvements

Microsoft released a new version of the company's Microsoft Edge web browser on September 2, 2021. Microsoft Edge 93 is an update for the stable channel of the browser that introduces new […]

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How to upgrade Windows 10 version 21H1 to 21H2 right now (KB5003791)

Microsoft plans to release Windows 10 version 21H2 this year. Windows 10 devices that run versions 2004, 20H2 or 21H1 can be upgraded to the new version of Windows 10 almost effortlessly, […]

Ghacks Deals: The Complete 2021 Cisco Enterprise Certification Training Bundle (for $49)

The Complete 2021 Cisco Enterprise Certification Training Bundle gives you access to four Cisco certification courses. It trains you to take the certification exams CCNA 200-301, 300-410, 300-420 and 350-401. The entire […]

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Microsoft is making it harder to change Default Apps in Windows 11

Windows users who want to change the default applications in Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system have a harder time doing so as Microsoft change the process of setting defaults. On Windows 10, […]

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Brave Browser: content blocking changes to improve web compatibility

The developers of the Brave Browser revealed in a new blog post on the official company site that the browser's logic for blocking content will change inthe upcoming Brave Browser 1.30 version. […]

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Here is what is new in Google Chrome 93

Google published Chrome 93, a new stable version of the company's desktop and mobile browser, on August 31, 2021. The new Chrome version is already available, and desktop users may select Menu […]

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Private Internet Access review: fast and affordable VPN with issues

Private Internet Access, short PIA, is a commercial VPN service, established in 2009, with desktop programs for Windows, Mac and Linux devices, mobile apps for Android and iOS, and options to set […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2021 Pay What You Want: Hardcore Game Developer Certification Bundle

The 2021 Pay What You Want: Hardcore Game Developer Certification Bundle introduces you to mobile game development. You create several example games, including a 2D clicker game. If you pay $1 or […]

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Windows 11's release date is October 5, 2021

The release date of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 11 operating system is October 5, 2021. Microsoft announced the date today on the Windows Experience blog. The new version of Windows will become available […]

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Hide Google recommends using Chrome advertisement on Google websites

When you visit Google's main website and many other the company operates in a web browser that is not Google Chrome, Google displays an overlay on the screen that advertises the company's […]

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Microsoft is bringing support for the Open Document Format ODF 1.3 to Office

Currently in beta testing in the Microsoft Office Beta channel, Office customers will soon be able to use the Open Document Format ODF 1.3 in Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office saves documents in […]

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A second look at Universal USB Installer, a tool to run Linux from USB

Universal USB Installer is a long-standing Windows tool to create bootable Linux environments for testing and installation purposes. It may also be used to put Linux tools or Windows to GO on […]

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How to make sure that the PC you are buying is Windows 11 compatible

Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system will be released in October 2021 with updated system requirements that make the majority of old and many not-so-old PCs incompatible with the new operating system. Manufacturers […]

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Windows 11: installation on non-compatible systems possible

Microsoft updated the minimum system requirements of the company's upcoming Windows 11 operating system yesterday. Windows customers and administrators who had hoped for less strict requirements, did not get what they wished […]

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Microsoft changed the Windows 11 System Requirements and released an updated PC Health Check tool

Microsoft published an update on the Windows 11 minimum system requirements yesterday on the Windows Insider blog. When the company unveiled Windows 11 and its minimum system requirements, it became clear quickly […]

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Mozilla plans to enable WebRender in Firefox 92

Mozilla plans to enable WebRender in Firefox 92 for all supported operating systems and device types. WebRender is already enabled on Mac OS X (since Firefox 84) and on most Linux distributions […]

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How to use youtube-dl to download multiple YouTube, playlist or channel videos

You have a lot of options when it comes to downloading YouTube videos or videos from other video sites. One of the most advanced programs for that kind of task is youtube-dl. […]


Microsoft has a fix for Windows 10's PSFX_E_MATCHING_BINARY_MISSING update error

Some Windows 10 administrators experienced an odd behavior on devices running Windows 10 version 2004 or higher that started in May 2021. Any attempt at installing cumulative updates for the operating system […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2021 Complete CompTIA Certification Prep Super Bundle

The 2021 Complete CompTIA Certification Prep Super Bundle is a huge certification bundle that includes 16 courses in total. These courses prep you for CompTIA certification exams. The entire bundle is available […]

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Thunderbird 91.0.3 is a small bug fix release

Thunderbird 91.0.3 is the third small bug fix release for the new main version of the open source email client, Thunderbird 91. Thunderbird 91 was released just two weeks ago on August […]

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Firefox Tip: turn off accessibility services to improve performance

Firefox users who are experiencing performance issues while using the Firefox web browser on desktop systems and on Android, may improve performance by disabling the browser's accessibility services. A bug opened on […]