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 enable startup app notifications on Windows 11

Windows 11 may notify users of the operating system whenever a new app registers itself to run at startup. The feature, which is turned off by default, is hidden deep in the […]

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An analysis of Microsoft's new approach to Windows 11 updates

Microsoft released the first feature update for Windows 11 earlier this month. The update, which is still rolling out to compatible systems, introduced new features and improvements. Microsoft improved several key areas, […]

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Brave has a new Copy Clean Link feature

Brave Software released an update for the stable version of the company's Brave Browser on September 27, 2022. Brave Version 1.44.101 release notes are available, but one feature that was originally scheduled […]

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Chrome 106 Stable fixes 20 security issues

Google published a new stable version of its Chrome web browser just a moment ago (if you are reading this on September 27th, 2022). The new version of Google Chrome is a […]

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The 2022 Complete Linux Certification Learning Paths: Lifetime Subscription gives you access to a learn-by-doing Linux platform that is regarded highly. The offer includes the following: In-house experts. Learn from full-time Training […]

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Opera Limited buys back 20.6% of shares from 360 Security Technology Inc

Norwegian company Opera Limited announced that it intents to buy back all of its shares from Chinese company 360 Security Technology Inc. in an all cash transaction. The purchase would move 20.6% […]

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Brother EcoPro: ink and toner subscriptions launches in Europe

Brother Industries, a Japanese electronics and electrical equipment company, has launched an ink and toner subscription service called EcoPro in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Not to be confused with the EcoPro […]

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Container Tab Groups: group sites securely in Firefox

Container Tab Groups is a browser extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser. It extends Firefox's partitioning feature Containers with a tab grouping feature. Firefox's Container feature is a unique feature of […]

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The next Windows 10 feature update is coming in October

Microsoft released the first feature update for Windows 11 this week. The Windows 11 2022 Update introduced several usability improvements and changes to Microsoft's newest operating system and additional content, including File […]

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Mozilla reaffirms that Firefox will continue to support current content blockers

From next year onward, extensions for Google Chrome and most other Chromium-based browsers, will have to rely on a new extension manifest. Manifest V3 defines the boundaries in which extensions may operate. […]

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How to enable File Explorer tabs in the Windows 11 2022 Update right now

Microsoft released the Windows 11 2022 Update this week and revealed plans to push the first feature drop in October. Included in the October feature drop is the long awaited support for […]

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Firefox 105.0.1 restores focus behavior on startup

Mozilla plans to launch a small update for the stable version of the organization's Firefox web browser later today that restores the original focus behavior on startup. Firefox users who installed Firefox […]

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NVIDIA is investigating Windows 11 2022 Update game performance issue

Windows users with NVIDIA powered graphics cards may want to skip the upgrade to the Windows 11 2022 Update feature update for now, as several, who have made the plunge, reported that […]

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Invert Files to select files faster on Windows

When it comes to selecting files in File Explorer, Windows users have plenty of options. From left-clicking to selecting individual files to drawing a rectangle around files for selection. Keyboard shortcuts help […]

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Here is the fix for Windows 11 2022 Update error 0x800f0806

Some Windows administrators who tried to update their Windows 11 devices to the newly released Windows 11 2022 Update reported  that they have received the error code 0x800f0806 during the process. The […]

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The 2023 Professional CompTIA Exam Certification Prep Bundle preps you for several CompTIA exams, including CompTIA PenTest+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Security+. The following prep courses are included: TOTAL: CompTIA […]

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Windows 11 2022 Update: security improvements

Microsoft released the first feature update for Windows 11 this week. The new version of Windows 11 introduces a number of usability improvements and some new features, with more promised to be […]

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Brave integrates privacy friendly translate option in its browser

Brave browser users may have noticed translate prompts in the browser when they visit foreign language sites for several weeks now. Brave, which relied on Google Translate up until now, has switched […]

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Thunderbird 102.3 is a security and bug fix update

Thunderbird 102.3 is now available. The new version of the open source email client is a security and bug fix release. The update is published already and most Thunderbird installations should receive […]

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Find out for how long your Windows 11 version is supported

Microsoft released the first feature update for its Windows 11 operating system on September 20, 2022. It includes improvements and new features, and while it may be tempting for some to upgrade […]

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Windows 11 2022 Update is out

Microsoft announced just a moment ago that the first feature update for Windows 11, the Windows 11 2022 Update, is rolling out to users from all over the world. Panos Panay, EVP, […]

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Firefox 105 is out: here is what is new

Mozilla published Firefox Stable and Firefox ESR updates on September 20, 2022. Firefox 105 Stable and Firefox 102.3 ESR are the new versions that are now available. The main improvement in Firefox […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2023 Premium Python Programming Mega Certification Bundle

If you always wanted to learn how to code in Python, this is the ultimate way to achieve that goal. The bundle includes 14 Python related courses, including several designed for beginners […]

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Google continues extensions Manifest v3 push even though some APIs are not ready yet

Remember when Mozilla switched to WebExtensions? Back then, developers had to port their extensions to the new extensions system for them to remain compatibility with Firefox. Mozilla did not release major APIs […]

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Freeze Dried Tabs improve Chrome's startup by 20% on Android

Android users who run Google Chrome on their devices may have noticed an improvement in the startup time of the browser. Thanks to a new feature that Google calls Freeze Dried Tabs, […]

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Don't use Chrome's and Edge's Enhanced Spellcheck features

Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge include options to improve the basic spellchecking functionality of the web browser. Chrome's Enhanced Spellcheck and Microsoft Edge's Microsoft Editor are designed to improve spellchecking further, but […]

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LastPass provides details on August 2022 hack

LastPass informed customers about a security breach on the company's official blog in August 2022. This week, the company published additional information about the hack after its investigation. Back in August 2022, […]

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Net Signal Pro Wi-Fi strength checker for Android

Net Signal Pro is a commercial application for Android to check the strength of wireless connections and to display various Wi-fi related information. A free ad-powered version is also available. The app […]

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How to block web fonts to improve privacy

Websites that make use of text have two main options to display it. Use a font that is available on the majority of user devices or use custom web fonts, which are […]

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Microsoft Edge 105.0.1343.42 Stable fixes 8 security issues

Microsoft released a security update for the stable version of the company's Edge web browser. Microsoft Edge 105.0.1343.42 fixes eight security issues in the web browser. The security update is already available. […]

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YouTube is testing up to 10 unskippable ads before videos

If you are still using YouTube, you may have been hit with an increase in unskippable advertisement recently. Up until now, YouTube viewers saw up to two so-called unskippable ads before the […]

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Avast acquires I don't care about Cookies browser extension

Avast, a company known for its security products and services, has acquired the popular browser extension I don't care about cookies. The extension deals with cookie notices that most websites display these […]


Windows 11 version 22H2: new and updated apps

Like Windows 10, Windows 11 comes with dozens of default applications created by Microsoft. Some of these, such as Notepad, Alarm & Clock, and Media Player, provide core functionality, while others may […]

Ghacks Deals: Windscribe VPN Pro Plan (up to 66% off)

Windscribe is a popular VPN provider thanks to its generous free version. The Pro version of Windscribe gives users unlimited data, access to all server locations, a config generator, content blocker and […]

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Firefox Relay: integration in Firefox, phone number forwarding and new price

Firefox Relay, Mozilla's email alias service to protect your real email address, is soon getting support for protecting phone numbers as well. The service will also be integrated into Firefox and the […]

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Bitwarden password manager adds Fastmail email forwarding support

Bitwarden is a popular choice when it comes to password managers. A late entry to the niche, it is open source, free for personal use and does not restrict functionality artificially for […]

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Install Microsoft .NET with the Windows Package Manager winget

Windows administrators may use the Windows Package Manager winget to install supported Microsoft .NET applications. Microsoft released Windows Package Manager 1.0 back in 2021, opening it up for use on production machines. […]

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The Supercharged Cybersecurity Bundle is a huge bundle that includes ten different security released ebooks. Ebooks may be downloaded for offline access, and length of access is set to lifetime. Here is […]

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates September 2022 overview

Microsoft released security and non-security updates for Windows and other company products on the September 2022 Patch Day. These updates address security issues in Microsoft products, and may also introduce improvements, fix […]

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Play Lunar Lander in the copy dialog on Windows

Windows copy dialog is displayed when you copy files from one location to another. Depending on the number of files, their sizes and locations involved in the copy job, copying may take […]