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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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

The USB Prompter Group has unveiled USB 4 version 2.0 on September 1, 2022. The upcoming standard promises double the performance of the initial USB 4 specification, while keeping the same USB […]

Ghacks Deals: The AWS Certified Dev And Ops Engineer Professional Training Bundle

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 […]

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Thunderbird 102.2.1 launches with important security fixes

Thunderbird 102.2.1 is now available. The new version of the open source email client fixes several security issues in Thunderbird and includes other changes. The security update addresses several vulnerabilities that may […]

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Opinion: deleting online accounts should not be hard

The number of online accounts is growing for the majority of Internet users over time. Users sign-up for new services and may abandon others. Some services get sign-ups just for testing, others […]

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Microsoft Edge: Super Resolution now with HD icon

Microsoft Edge Canary users may see a new HD icon in the browser's address bar. The icon indicates that Edge tried to improve the quality of images displayed on the active webpage. […]

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Windows 11 version 22H2: Task Manager changes

It is the fifth part of the series in which we look at the upcoming changes of the Windows 11 2022 update. In this part, we are taking a look at the […]

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Google Chrome 105 fixes 24 security issues

Google released Chrome 105 to the Stable channel for Linux, Mac and Windows today. The new version of Chrome fixes 24 different security issues in the browser, including one that is rated […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2022 Premium Python Programming PCEP Certification Prep Bundle

Want to learn Python? Python is a very popular programming language. The 2022 Premium Python Programming PCEP Certification Prep Bundle includes 12 eLearning courses that teach beginners but also intermediate and advanced […]

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AdGuard launches Manifest V3 compatible ad-blocker for Chrome

AdGuard, the company best known for its content blocking solution, launched what it calls the "world's first ad blocker built on Manifest V3". Chrome and Chromium-based browser users who have not followed […]

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Firefox 104.0.1 fixes YouTube playback issues

Mozilla plans to release Firefox 104.0.1 to the Stable channel today. The new version of the Firefox desktop browser addresses a playback issue on YouTube. Firefox 104.0.1 is the first point update […]


Microsoft improves SMB compression in Windows 11 and Server 2022

Microsoft released optional updates for the company's Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 operating systems earlier this month. One of the new features of the releases reveals that the operating systems compress […]

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How to set a minimum tab width in Google Chrome

Google Chrome users who add tabs to the browser come to a point eventually where tabs aren't added to the browser anymore, apparently. While Chrome does add the tabs, it does not […]

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Windows 10 KB5016688 update fixes major issues

Microsoft released KB5016688 this week, which addresses several major issues in the operating system. The preview update is an optional update; administrators on affected devices may want to install it to resolve […]

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Oracle VirtualBox 7 Beta adds support for Windows 11

Oracle released the first beta version of the upcoming virtualization software VirtualBox 7 this week. The new version is available as a test version for Windows, Linux and Mac devices. One of […]

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Websites may write to the clipboard in Chrome without user permission

If you run Google Chrome or another Chromium-based web browser, then websites may push anything they want to the operating system's clipboard without user permission or any user action. Computer users may […]

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Windows 11 version 22H2: file explorer changes

In the fourth part of the series, we are taking a look at the default file manager tool File Explorer and the changes that Microsoft plans to introduce in the Windows 11 […]

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How to analyze the power usage of websites in Firefox

Mozilla launched Firefox 104 recently, and with it a new Developer Tools option to analyze the power usage of websites. The feature is limited to Windows 11 and Apple M1 devices. Power […]

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LastPass discloses August 2022 security breach

LastPass, maker of the popular password management solution, disclosed a security breach on the company blog. According to the published information, LastPass noticed "unusual activity" about two weeks ago in the development […]

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Google Teller: browser makes a noise whenever Google gets data

To better demonstrate how much data Google is accumulating over the course of a browsing session, Dutch software developer and entrepreneur Bert Hubert created Google Teller. The browser extension makes a beep […]

Ghacks Deals: The Game Design & Development Bundle

The Game Design & Development Bundle includes seven game design and development related courses. It includes a beginner's course, and covers topics such as game development in Unity, HTML5 game development, creating […]

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Uninstall Windows apps for all users in bulk with O&O AppBuster

One of the most comfortable ways of removing Windows apps is provided by the free application O&O AppBuster. Designed by the German company O&O, AppBuster was released for users of Microsoft's Windows […]

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How to optimize Windows 11 for windowed games

It is debatable whether Windows 11 is the best operating system for PC gaming. Microsoft did introduce two gaming related features in Windows 11: Auto HDR and DirectStorage. Auto HDR enables HDR […]

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TreeSize Free 4.6: PDF reports and 64-bit only

TreeSize Free 4.6, a new version of the popular disk space manager, launched earlier this week with PDF reporting improvements and a move to 64-bit exclusivity. While I switched to the excellent […]

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Windows 11 version 22H2: snap assist changes

In the third part of the series, we are going to take a closer look at the changes that Microsoft makes to Windows 11's Snap Assist feature in the Windows 11 2022 […]

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Thunderbird 102.2.0 is a security and bug fix update

New versions of the open source email client Thunderbird are now available. Thunderbird 102.2.0 and Thunderbird 91.13.0 are now available. Both versions address security issues in the email client; the update to […]

Ghacks Deals: Code Direct Python Interactive Coding: Lifetime Access

Master the Python programming language with this Code Direct Python Interactive Coding online course. Gain access to 16 Python lessons and over 100 hands-on exercises, all with solutions provided if needed, to […]

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Firefox 104: analyze a website's power usage and UI throttling

Firefox 104 Stable, Firefox 102.2 ESR and Firefox 91.13 ESR will be released later today. The releases fix security issues and bugs in Firefox; Firefox 104 Stable includes a handful of new […]

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First look at YouTube's Podcast directory

YouTube just launched a dedicated podcast page on its website. Limited to visitors from the United States at the time, it is designed as a central hub for all-things podcasts on the […]

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Windhawk is a mod-based universal customization solution for Windows

With every new Windows release, it appears that Microsoft is removing customization options. Windhawk is an open source solution that attempts to bring back customizations and new ones for Windows. Designed by […]

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Microsoft confirms and resolves Windows 10 audio bug (your device may still be affected)

Microsoft confirmed a new issue affecting Windows 10 devices on August 19, 2022. The company published a new known issue on the Release Health support site of the Windows 10 operating system […]

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Microsoft rolls out sidebar in Edge Stable

Microsoft released a new version of the company's Edge web browser on August 19, 2022. Edge 104 is a new stable update that introduces the sidebar to the stable population. Microsoft Edge […]

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Windows 11 version 22H2: taskbar changes

In the second part of the series, we are going to take a look at taskbar changes and improvements in Windows 11 version 22H2. Just like Microsoft did reduce Start Menu functionality […]

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Find out which Windows program you used the most with free AppResourcesUsageView

AppResourcesUsageView is a new free application by one of our favorite developers NirSoft. The application displays a wealth of information on application usage on Windows devices, including their face time, and bytes […]

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File Archiver PeaZip 8.8.0 released with archive testing support and more

PeaZip 8.8.0 is a new version of the cross-platform open source file archiver. The new version introduces archive testing capabilities, support for propagating Zone.Identifier stream data on Windows, and more user interface […]

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How to restore Google Image Search in Chrome

Google Chrome users who use the browser's built-in option to search for images may have noticed that Google switched the processing system from the traditional Google Images search engine to Google Lens […]

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InAppBrowser reveals if TikTok, Instagram and other apps with browsers inject their JavaScript

Earlier this month it was revealed that popular mobile applications with integrated browsers injected custom JavaScript into visited sites. Facebook, Instagram and TikTok all use code injection techniques to virtually track anything […]

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Mozilla plans to add Text Recognition support to Firefox

Firefox Nightly users who run the browser on a Mac may have stumbled upon a new "copy text from image" option when they activate the context menu of images. Text recognition is […]