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

Thunderbird 115 released with updated UI and major changes

The team of the open source Thunderbird email client has been working on a new version of Thunderbird for some time. Today, Thunderbird 115 Supernova has been released, but it is not […]

The Windows July 2023 security updates are here and they patch critical issues

Microsoft released security updates for client and server versions of its Windows operating system today. The security updates address vulnerabilities in all supported versions of Windows and are available via Windows Update […]

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Firefox 115.0.2 fixes a security issue and several crashes

Mozilla has released the second Firefox 115 point release today. Firefox 115.0.2 and Firefox 115.0.2 ESR address a security issue in the web browser, several startup crashes and other non-security issues. Firefox […]

Microsoft warns users that this Windows 11 version is running out of support soon

Microsoft has published a new notification on the official Microsoft Lifecycle website that informs Windows 11 users and also system administrators about the upcoming end of support for the original Windows 11 […]

After months, Microsoft finally fixed an annoying Microsoft Defender Antivirus issue

Microsoft published a fix for an annoying Microsoft Defender Antivirus issue that has been plaguing Windows 11 users for months. The company confirmed the Microsoft Defender Antivirus issue in March 2023, stating […]

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Updates for classic Windows versions? Windows Update Restored has you covered

When you try to install a classic version of Windows, and we are not talking about the recently discontinued versions Windows 7 or 8.1, then you may notice that you can't really […]

Google Play Store malware installed on 1.5 million Android devices

Google's Play Store is the go-to store for most Android users when it comes to installing new apps and games for the operating system. Like Google's Chrome Web Store, which is the […]


"Big Head" ransomware fakes Windows Update to trick users

Security researchers at FortiGuard Labs have discovered a new type of ransomware that is targeting home computer users. Dubbed Big Head, the ransomware fakes Windows Update to avoid detection. The researchers note […]

There is not enough Windows in Windows Copilot

Microsoft announced Windows Copilot earlier this year during its Build 2023 conference in May 2023. In late June of the same year, Microsoft integrated Windows Copilot into development builds of Windows 11, […]


Thunderbird 102.13 fixes 5 security issues

Thunderbird's development team has released Thunderbird 102.13 to the email client's stable channel. The update for the open source application fixes five security issues in the email client. The release announcement was […]

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Firefox 115.0.1 fixes a startup crash

Mozilla has released Firefox 115.0.1, the first point release for Firefox 115. The update addresses a startup crash in the web browser that affects users of certain security software. The browser update […]


About Microsoft Edge's Found downloadable files on this webpage notification

Microsoft Edge users who run the latest version of the web browser on Android may have noticed a new notification that the browser displays when it detects downloadable files on webpages. The […]

Madness? This is Microsoft! Installs Google Docs Offline extension in Edge automatically

Microsoft Edge users who have updated their web browser to one of the latest versions recently may want to check the installed extensions. Microsoft is installing the Google Docs Offline extension in […]

How to install Threads on Android devices if you live in Europe

Meta launched Threads today and claims that millions have downloaded the Twitter competitor already hours after launch. Threads launched in over 100 countries, but not in states of the European Union and […]

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Twitter allows guests to read tweets again, but "something went wrong" spoils the fun

Last week, Twitter implemented changes on the social messaging site that prevented anonymous users, those without an account, from reading tweets, searching the site or browsing profiles. The restriction has been lifted […]

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Twitter gives a reason for rate limiting users on the site

Social messaging service Twitter implemented two drastic changes on the site that limited access to it for a large number of users. First, Twitter limited access to anonymous users, so that these […]

Hackers claim to have stolen data of 30 million Microsoft customer accounts

Hacking and denial-of-service group Anonymous Sudan claims that it has stolen data of 30 million Microsoft customer accounts. Microsoft has denied the claims. The hacking group claimed earlier this month that it […]

Waterfox Browser cuts ties with System 1 to celebrate independence

When the creator of the Waterfox web browser Alex Kontos announced that his web browser had been sold to System1, part of the community eyed the deal suspiciously. System1, which also acquired […]


Firefox 115: new ESR base and some add-ons may be blocked from running on certain sites

Mozilla Firefox 115, the latest version of the organization's web browser, is a big update. It moves the browser's Extended Support Release (ESR) base and is the last stable channel version for […]

The new Microsoft Teams is coming sooner than expected

Microsoft has been working on a new Microsoft Teams client for its Windows operating system for a while. The company released a Microsoft Teams preview version of the new client several months […]

Windows 11 Development: overview of the June 2023 changes

Another month has passed and it is once again time to look at the Windows 11 development progress. Microsoft released several new builds for the four development channels of Windows 11, and […]

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Twitter is limiting the number of posts users can read

After shutting off anonymous access to the site, Twitter owner Elon Musk announced the introduction of rate limits for registered users. According to Musk's initial announcement on Twitter, fired off as a […] shuts down on September 1 and all Gifs will be taken down

Popular animated gifs hosting service is shutting down on September 1, 2023 and all hosted content will no longer be accessible at that point. The service is one of many that […]

All Chrome users will see popups in the coming weeks: here is why

Google is in the final steps of preparing a massive change in its Chrome web browser. Called the Privacy Sandbox by Google, it is an attempt to move tracking on the Internet […]

Brave Browser is getting protections against undesirable Localhost access

Brave Software plans to introduce new localhost access controls in Brave Browser 1.54. Localhost refers to resources that are usually found on the user's device and not on the Internet. Some popular […]

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How to bypass Twitter's login prompt and access content without account

Internet users who want to access content on Twitter without account may have noticed that Twitter is now redirecting some attempts to do so to its login page. Twitter content is often […]

Settings is the latest Windows 11 location with advertisement

Microsoft is rolling out a new Settings home page in Windows 11 Insider builds and this new iteration includes advertisement. While the Control Panel to Settings app migration is still ongoing, almost […]

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The Steam Summer Sale 2023 is here, but Gog is the way to shop

The Steam Summer Sale 2023 started yesterday. It runs from June 29 to July 13 and offers discounts on thousands of games, apps and also hardware. Steam users can grab a Steam […]

Mozilla transitions Pocket to use Firefox Accounts exclusively

Pocket users who are still using a non-Firefox account to sign-in have about two months left before Mozilla is removing the options and requiring them to sign-in using a Firefox account. Mozilla, […]


YouTube intensifies crackdown on adblockers with this new restriction

After having tested blocking users with content blockers outright on YouTube, Google is now, reportedly, running a new experiment that allows users to watch three videos before they are locked out of […]

Proton Pass password manager leaves beta: here is our take

Proton, the organization behind Proton Mail, VPN and other services, has released the first stable version of Proton Pass today after a beta period. Proton Pass is an open source password manager […]

Microsoft is finally ready to unleash Windows 11's Moments 3 Feature Update

Microsoft has released the monthly optional update for its Windows 11 operating system. The preview update, KB5027303, brings along with it the features of the Moments 3 update. Since these are included […]

Improved Windows Security? Microsoft launches Win32 app isolation

Microsoft launched a preview of a new security feature for Windows earlier this month that it calls Win32 app isolation.  The feature uses containers and Microsoft claims that it adds security protections […]

Google Chrome 114 security update fixes 4 vulnerabilities

Google released a security update for its Google Chrome 114 web browser that addresses four different security issues in the browser. The desktop and Android versions of Google Chrome are affected by […]

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Playables: You may soon be playing games on YouTube

A Wall Street Journal report claims that Google is considering adding playable games to YouTube. Gaming content has a strong presence on YouTube already. Users can watch game trailers, let's plays, tips […]

Microsoft Teams vulnerability discovered to bypass file sending restrictions

A newly discovered vulnerability in Microsoft Teams allows attackers to push malware onto the devices of other Microsoft Teams users, even if they are considered external. IT security researchers at Jumpsec have […]


Mozilla will launch data removal service Firefox Monitor Premium soon

Mozilla plans to launch Firefox Monitor Premium, a commercial service to remove personal information from the Internet, soon in the United States. Firefox Monitor Premium is an extension of Firefox Monitor, a […]


Some LastPass users are locked out of their accounts after trying to reset their authenticator app

Password management service LastPass started to prompt its customers to reset their two-factor authentication method on May 9th, 2023. The company upgraded account security at the time by raising the number of […]


Netflix drops cheapest ad-free plan in Canada

Netflix users around the world may choose between one of several subscription plans. Up until now, Netflix offered three ad-free and a single ad-powered plan in most regions of the world. It […]

iVentoy: boot and install operating systems on multiple machines over the network

The developer of the multi-boot tool Ventoy has released a new utility called iVentoy. Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drives using one or more disk image formats. […]