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


The most popular passwords of 2023 are easy to guess and crack

Each year, analysts at various Internet security companies release lists of the most used (and known) passwords. These lists are based on leaked password database data. The passwords that are on these […]

This Windows Winget command tells you which programs have updates

Keeping software up to date on your Windows PCs is not a straightforward process. Sure, some programs include their own update checks and even automatic update options. That's the case for all […]

Canalys Research: at least 240 million Windows 10 PCs can't be upgraded

Windows 10, the most used desktop operating system, runs out of support in October 2025. Estimates see it installed on a billion devices. A report by Canalys Research claims that at least […]

Google Chrome malware extensions

Google removes 3 fake VPN extensions with 1.5 million users from Chrome Web Store

Security researchers at Reason Labs discovered three malicious Chrome web extensions that were installed on 1.5 million installations of the web browser. Distributed via torrents, these extensions acted as legitimate VPN extensions […]

Press Space on YouTube to save lots of time

If you watch videos on YouTube, you may know about some of the options that you have. One of the options lets you change the playback speed. You may increase the speed […]

MSEdgeRedirect's Europe Mode sets your Windows region to Europe

In the coming months, Windows users from many European countries will be allowed to remove Microsoft Edge, Bing Search and other features of the operating system natively. Microsoft announced the change in […]


Chrome: permanent Safety Checks, Tab Groups syncing and Memory info rolling out

Google announced today that new features are rolling out to Chrome Stable users in the coming week. The three features -- permanent Safety Checks, Tab Groups syncing and tab memory information -- […]

Augmented Reality

Windows Mixed Reality is History

After having added three features to its deprecation list in December 2023 already, Microsoft has added Windows Mixed Reality as another one that is getting axed. Microsoft introduced Mixed Reality as a […]

Steam mark game as private to hide from friends

You may now hide embarrassing games on Steam

Steam users may hide embarrassing games on Steam soon from prying eyes of friends by setting their visibility to private. Your Steam friends may browse the games that are in your library […]

Google Chrome update fixes 0-day vulnerability exploited in the wild

Google has released a security update for Google Chrome Stable and Google Chrome Extended Stable that addresses a security vulnerability that is exploited in the wild. Chrome users are encouraged to update […]

HP is preventing printer users from using third-party ink

HP raising Instant Ink subscription pricing significantly

Customers subscribed to HP's Instant Ink subscription service receive emails currently from HP about the service. The company explains in the email that it is raising the price of the monthly subscription […]

Germany: Cancellation of online subscriptions must be possible without logging in

The termination of online contracts must be possible without logging in to the website of a service. This rule was confirmed by the Munich Regional Court following a lawsuit brought by the […]


Microsoft's new "use Bing" prompt in Edge is missing a vital option

Microsoft Edge shows a new prompt to some users that asks them to make Microsoft Bing the default search engine. Bing Search, which is the default search engine of Microsoft Edge, may […]

Firefox 121: Mozilla ends 2023 with a bang

Firefox 121 is the last major release of the Firefox web browser of 2023. The new release introduces major changes, such as AV1 hardware decoding support on Windows, support for voice commands […]


How to make Microsoft Edge look better on Windows 11

Microsoft released Microsoft Edge 120 recently. The latest update of its modern web browser did not introduce much in the feature department, at least when you consult the official release notes. Microsoft […]


Your Google Maps Location History will soon be stored on your devices

Google is making an important change to the Timeline feature of Google Maps. The feature is powered by the Location History setting and allows users to remember places they have been to […]

Android Repair Mode promises privacy during repairs

Google announced the launch of Repair Mode for select Google Pixel Android devices this week. It is designed to protect user data during repairs. The new feature is available for Pixel 8 […]

Microsoft releases troubleshooter for HP Smart App printer issue on Windows

Some Windows 10 and 11 users started to notice the automatic installation of HP's Smart App on their devices at the end of November 2023. This happened even if no HP printer […]

Protect your Discord account with a Security Key

Users of the chat app Discord may now protect their accounts using security keys. The developers of Discord have added the option to the existing arsenal of multi-factor authentication options that the […]

Scam or not? BitDefender's Scamio AI promises to have the answer

Scamio is a new AI tool that promises to help Internet users combat scams. Spam and scams are common on today's Internet. Especially users who are not tech-savvy may have difficulties distinguishing […]

Google Groups is dropping Usenet support, and that is a good thing

Google announced this week that it plans to cut the ties to the Usenet in Google Groups. Starting February 22, 2024, Google Groups users can no longer post content to Usenet groups, […]

Proton Mail Desktop App

Proton Mail launches official desktop app

Proton has launched a beta version of the Proton Mail desktop application today. Available for Visionary plan subscribers initially, it gives users of the app access to Proton Mail and Proton Calendar. […]

Vivaldi 6.5 Sessions feature

Vivaldi update brings Session Panel, full History sync and more

Vivaldi Technologies has just released a new major version of the Vivaldi web browser for desktop and notebook operating systems. The latest major update of 2023 is packed with new features that […]

Google Chrome

Google Chrome 120 update fixes 9 security issues

Google released the weekly security update for its Chrome web browser a few hours ago. The update for Chrome Stable and Chrome Extended Stable fixes nine unique security issues in the browser. […]

The Windows December 2023 security updates fix a 0-day vulnerability

Microsoft released security updates for all supported Windows operating systems and other company products on the December 2023 Patch Day. The company fixed 36 unique Microsoft product vulnerabilities and six non Microsoft […]

NewPipe 0.25.2 adds YouTube Video multi-audio track support

NewPipe is a popular third-party Android app for watching videos on YouTube and media on a selection of other sites, including Soundcloud. The latest release, NewPipe 0.25.2 adds support for accessing multiple […]

Mozilla VPN: security audit results and new features announced

Mozilla published the results of a security audit of its Mozilla VPN service last week. The organization unveiled new Mozilla VPN features last week as well. We followed Mozilla's VPN solution loosely […]

Google has illegal app store monopoly says jury in Epic case

A jury has just decided that Google has an illegal app store monopoly on Android. Epic Games, which sued both Apple and Google about three years ago over app store practices, has […]

If your Windows PC freezes, Avira security software may be the culprit

A recent update for Avira antivirus software for Windows seems to have a negative impact on system stabilization for some users. For a couple of days, Avira users have reported issues with […]

Windows Share to suggest Sharing Services in Windows 11

Windows Share will soon suggest sharing services in Windows 11 that are not installed. Microsoft introduced the new feature in beta builds of Windows 11. Windows Share is the native share feature […]

Meta rolls out end-to-end encryption in Messenger

This week, Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta announced the rollout of end-to-end encryption for personal conversations in Messenger. Meta's two main goals were to ensure that private conversations in Messenger are […]

FastStream video player extension

FastStream's custom video player replaces YouTube's player with a better one

FastStream is an open source browser extension for Google Chrome and Firefox that replaces native video players with its own advanced video player. The extension promises the end of buffering issues, support […]

How to try Meta's AI image generator Imagine right now

Facebook and Instagram parent Meta just launched Imagine, an AI image generator. While Meta is a bit late to the party, as there are plenty of free and paid services available already, […]

Chrome Search Settings

Google Chrome to display "choose your search engine" prompt

Google Chrome users will soon get a "choose your search engine prompt" when they start the desktop web browser. This prompt allows them to select a search engine out of several ones […]

Google Podcasts will be added to Google's Graveyard in April 2024

Users of the Google Podcast app won't be able to use the app anymore from April 2024 onward. Google announced the discontinuation of the app in the United States today. The company's […]

LogoFail vulnerability affects many Windows and Linux devices

Many commercial computers are vulnerable to a set of vulnerabilities that exploit flaws in the processing of startup logos during boot. Security researchers at Binarly have disclosed security vulnerabilities in system firmware […]

Google Drive Recover Backup

Google explains how Drive users may restore lost files

Some Google Drive users reported online that they were missing months worth of files. Most stated that they lost months worth of files from one day to the next. It took Google […]

Google aims to leave ChatGPT behind with this AI

Google has unveiled Gemini, which it claims is its largest and most powerful AI model to date. Gemini's capabilities surpass that of ChatGPT and other competing AI models, according to Google. Gemini […]

Microsoft special event

Windows in 2024: Microsoft working on AI-focused Windows release

Rumors about a new version of Windows that Microsoft plans to release in 2024 have been around for some time. A report by Windows Central suggests that Microsoft plans to launch an […]

Chrome 120 launches with security updates, password sharing and automatic Safety Checks

Google released Chrome 120 to the public a moment ago. The new version of the Chrome browser is available for all supported platforms. Most Chrome installations will update automatically thanks to the […]