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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How to save webpages as PDF in Firefox for Android

Firefox users who run the web browser on Android devices may use it to save webpages as PDF documents. Mozilla added the feature to Firefox for Android recently. Veteran Firefox users may […]

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Firefox's Accessibility Performance is getting a huge boost

Firefox users who use Accessibility tools in the web browser will soon notice huge performance improvements. Accessibility tools, like screen readers, help users access content provided by the web browser and the […]

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You may soon use Tabs in Notepad for Windows 11

Microsoft seems to be working on bringing support for tabs to the default Windows plain text editor Notepad. A screenshot of an internal version of Notepad was posted to Twitter by a […]

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Ventoy 1.0.86: bypass Windows 11 hardware and online account requirement enabled by default

Ventoy 1.0.86 is the latest version of the open source tool to create bootable media using disk image formats such as ISO or IMG. Ventoy supports the placing of multiple disk images […]

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Configure Firefox to reject cookie banners automatically

Mozilla is working on a new feature for its Firefox web browser that takes the annoyance out of dealing with so-called cookie banners. Mozilla created a built-in solution that deals with cookie […]

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How to block sign in with Google popups on sites

Sign in with Google is a relatively new wave of popups that Google customers may see on third-party sites that they are not signed-in on. The sites are able to check that […]

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Firefox may soon display the search term instead of the Search Engine's address

Firefox Nightly users may have noticed a change regarding searches made in the development browser. When users type search terms in Firefox's address bar, Firefox displays the typed in search term instead […]

LastPass Hack Update: user vault data and information stolen

Password management service LastPass announced today that the disclosed password breach of August 2022 was more serious than it thought initially. The update confirms that user vault data and personal information was […]

Ghacks Deals: The Advanced Cyber Security Career Advancement Bundle

Protect Your Website from Digital Threats with 56 Hours of Content on CISA, CCSP, CISM, CISSP & More. The online course bundle by Certs-School takes your basic knowledge of cyber security to […]

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Google to release Chrome Early Stable updates from Chrome 110 on

Some users of the Google Chrome web browser will receive stable versions of the web browser a week earlier than the rest. Starting with Chrome 110, scheduled for a release in early […]

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RSS Reader RSSGuard 4.2.7 includes feed suppression feature

The developer of the open source RSS reader RSSGuard, Martin Rotter, has released a new update for the application. RSSGuard 4.2.7 includes several new features and improvements, including an ability to suppress […]

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Create encrypted messages, images, files as HTML with Portable Secret

Portable Secret is an open source tool that is designed to encrypt messages, images or files and save them as HTML files. These files may then be shared, opened in any browser, […]

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Linux Mint 21 to 21.1 upgrades are now available

The Linux Mint development team released a new version of the popular Linux distribution earlier this week. Linux Mint 21.1 is a long term support release, just like Linux Mint 21. The […]

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Intel's latest wireless and Bluetooth drivers fix a crash and performance issues

Intel released updated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers today that address a range of problems on Windows 10 and 11 systems. The company stopped releasing drivers for Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8.1 operating […]

Ghacks Deals: The Essential NordVPN & Password Manager 2-Year Subscription Bundle

The Essential NordVPN & Password Manager 2-Year Subscription Bundle gives you full access to the VPN service NordVPN and its password manager. The bundle is available for $99.99 for 24 months of […]

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NVIDIA releases security update for out-of-support graphics cards

NVIDIA released a display driver security update for some of its graphics cards that it no longer supports with regular driver updates. The security update addresses major security issues in the NVIDIA […]

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Thunderbird 102.6.1 is a security update

Users of the open source email client Thunderbird may want to fire up the update engine of the application to install the latest update for the program. Thunderbird 102.6.1 is a security […]

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Linux Mint 21.1 Long Term Support Release is out

Linux Mint 21.1 codename "Vera" is now available as a stable long term support release. The new version of the popular Linux distribution comes with the usual choice of Cinnamon, MATE and […]

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Windows Search: new work vertical announced

Windows users who use the built-in search functionality while logged in to a work account may now use the new Work vertical. Microsoft announced the general availability of the new search feature […]

Firefox for Android Nightly adds support for 5 more extensions

Mozilla hints at unlocking more add-ons for Firefox for Android

Mozilla announced the general availability of five additional extensions for Firefox for Android last week. The five extensions, Firefox Relay, Tampermonkey, Read Aloud, Adnauseum and ClearURLs, may now be installed in Firefox […]

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Open Source archiver PeaZip 9.0 is now available

PeaZip 9.0 is the latest version of the open source cross-platform archiver. The new version finalizes the graphical user improvements that started with PeaZip 8, improves speed and memory usage, and makes […]

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Several Windows 10 versions affected by blue screen issue

Several Windows 10 versions are affected by a new issue that may cause blue screen errors on affected devices. Microsoft confirmed the issue on Saturday for the following Windows 10 versions: Windows […]

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Gmail Client-side Encryption Beta launches

Google announced on Friday that Client-side Encryption is now available as a Beta for the web version of its email service Gmail. During Beta, access to the feature is limited to select […]

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Firefox 108.0.1 fixes a single non-security issue

Mozilla released Firefox 108.0.1 yesterday. The new stable version of the open source Firefox web browser addresses a single non-security issue in the browser. Most Firefox users are not affected by the […]

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Internet Explorer will be disabled through a Microsoft Edge update in February 2023

Microsoft announced on Friday that a Microsoft Edge update that it plans to release in February 2023 will disable Internet Explorer 11 permanently on select Windows 10 systems. Internet Explorer 11 reached […]

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Customize Vivaldi for Android's Menu Bar

Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi for Android 5.6 recently. Main new features are a customizable menu bar and support for hardware key authentications. Vivaldi for Android 5.6 comes a week after the release […]


Here are Google's favorite Chrome extensions of 2022

Google publishes a list of its favorite Chrome extensions every year. The company has just published the list for 2022 on the official The Keyword blog. Since it is a bit difficult […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2023 Premium Learn to Code Certification Bundle

The 2023 Premium Learn to Code Certification Bundle includes 14 different courses that teach you various programming languages and skills. Included are courses that teach you Python 3, Ruby on Rails 6, […]

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Google Chrome 108 security update fixes 8 security issues

Google released another point release update for Google Chrome 108 Stable that addresses 8 security issues in the web browser. This is the second security update for Chrome 108, which itself fixed […]

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Windows 11: Two feature drops in the first half of 2023

The first feature drop for Windows 11 happened shortly after the release of Windows 11 version 22H2, or Windows 11 2022 Update. Microsoft revealed earlier already that it plans to release several […]

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Don't use "search the Microsoft Store" to find apps for specific file extensions

If you don't want to use WhatsApp for viewing Mp4 video files or Doc Opener for Sell to open Microsoft Word documents, then you should disregard the Microsoft Store recommendations for these […]

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Thunderbird 102.6.0 is a security and bug fix update

Thunderbird 102.6.0 is out. The new version of the open source email client fixes security issues and bugs. The new Thunderbird version is available already. While it is being distributed automatically to […]

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates December 2022 overview

Microsoft released security and non-security updates for all client and server versions and editions of its Windows operating system on the December 2022 Patch Tuesday. The company released security updates for other […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2022 Microsoft Azure Architect & Administrator Exam Certification Prep Bundle

The 2022 Microsoft Azure Architect & Administrator Exam Certification Prep Bundle includes 9 Azure related courses that prep learners for several Azure certification exams and include several other Azure courses. The entire […]

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Firefox 108 out with security fixes and Windows 11 efficiency mode support

Mozilla Firefox 108.0 Stable is the latest version of the Firefox web browser. The browser will be released today, alongside Firefox 102.6 ESR, the Extended Support Release. Firefox 108 is a security […]

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Google delays Chrome Manifest V3 rollout once again

Google's initial plan to start Manifest V3 experiments in several versions of its Chrome web browser have been postponed again by the company. An update from December 9, 2022 on the Manifest […]

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How to unlock Education Themes on Windows 11 version 22H2

Windows 11 version 22H2 supports a number of education themes that may be unlocked on any edition of the operating system. These six educational themes are designed for "students using devices in […]

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How to restore the Forward button in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge users who have updated the browser to the latest version, Edge 108 Stable, may have noticed that Microsoft seemingly removed the Forward button from the browser's toolbar. The interface displays […]

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Tricking antivirus solutions into deleting the wrong files on Windows

Security research Or Yair discovered a method to trick antivirus and endpoint security solutions into deleting legitimate files on Windows systems. Yair found out that he could manipulate endpoint detection and response […]

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Firefox for Android is getting a native PDF viewer

Mozilla is working on integrating a native PDF viewer in Firefox for Android. Firefox Nightly for Android users may test the PDF viewer already, but it will become available to all users […]