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

WhatsApp backups will soon count against your Google cloud storage on Android

WhatsApp users on Android who use the backup feature of the messaging app will have backups count against their Google cloud storage quota. Backups allow Android users to back up all of […]

The Windows November 2023 security updates are now available

Microsoft released security updates for all supported versions of its Windows operating system on the November 2023 Patch Tuesday. Security updates are also available for Windows Server products, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office […]

Mozilla launches AI shopping helper Fakespot Chat

Fakespot Chat is an AI-powered shopping helper by Mozilla-owned Fakespot. Fakespot is a free service designed to analyze product reviews online to provide Internet users with adjusted ratings. The main idea behind […]

You may now ask Copilot AI to be your personal shopping assistant

Microsoft announced the general rollout of Copilot in Microsoft Shopping on the Microsoft Edge blog today. While announced on the Edge blog, it is an AI-powered service that is available on the […]

Microsoft Office 2024 confirmed: won't require a subscription

Microsoft Office 2024 exists, does not require a subscription and it will be released in 2024. Microsoft Office is provided in two different versions and several editions currently. There is the subscription-based […]

Microsoft Edge is getting video translations

After launching live captions support for online videos in Microsoft Edge, and later on in Windows, Microsoft is working on the next big step to improving the online video experience in its […]

How to uninstall Photos from Windows 11

Photos is the default image viewer of the Windows 11 operating system. As with many other default apps, it is okay, but not great. Windows users have a wide range of options […]

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How to disable the new Google Chrome 2023 design temporarily

Google is rolling out the Chrome 2023 design refresh to more and more users. You may notice that the design is more colorful and that you can select different themes that range […]

Mullvad's public encrypted DNS Servers run in RAM now

Sweden-based VPN provider Mullvad announced today that its public encrypted DNS servers run fully in RAM. The announcement comes less than two months after Mullvad completed the migration of its VPN infrastructure […]

Facebook is now showing subscribe or continue with ads prompts to EU users

If you are accessing Facebook from the European Union, Switzerland or the European Economic Area, you may see a prompt that asks you to make a choice. Want to subscribe or continue […]

The new Outlook may give Microsoft access to third-party emails and logins

The new Outlook for Windows application will replace Mail and Calendar, and also classic Outlook. Problem is, it may transfer third-party email logins to Microsoft and gives Microsoft full access to all […]


Brace yourself, a report suggests that Copilot is coming to Windows 10

If you think that Microsoft was done adding Copilots to all of its products then you are mistaken. A report by Windows Central suggests that Microsoft has plans to introduce Windows Copilot […]

You may need to provide a reason now when quitting OneDrive

OneDrive is Microsoft's default cloud file hosting and syncing service. It is baked into Windows and enabled if a Microsoft account is used to sign-in. Since Microsoft is making it difficult to […]

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Samsung unveils Gauss, its generative AI model

Samsung announced Samsung Gauss during the company's Samsung AI Forum 2023 event in Seoul today. Samsung Gauss consists of three AI tools, namely Samsung Gauss Language, Samsung Gauss Code and Samsung Gauss […]

Major Outlook issue prevents sending emails with attachments

Microsoft confirmed an issue yesterday that prevents the sending of emails with attachments. The company notes in an advisory that affected users are unable to send emails that contain attachments. Affected […]

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Suspicious Microsoft Authenticator requests don't trigger notifications anymore

Microsoft Authenticator will suppress suspicious authentication prompts to protect users against social engineering attacks. Microsoft has now enabled the security feature, which it unveiled back in August 2023. Microsoft Authenticator is a […]

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OpenAI launches custom versions of ChatGPT that it calls GPTs

OpenAI launched GPTs, custom versions of ChatGPT, on November 6, 2023. These special versions of ChatGPT are created for specific purposes to help users "in their daily life, at specific tasks, at […]

Discord makes file links temporary to fight abuse

Discord plans to introduce a fundamental change to the service's file hosting and linking functionality by the end of 2023. One of the main goals of the change is to limit abuse […]


Microsoft hides sidebar controls in Copilot Settings in Edge

Microsoft released a new version of its Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser last week. Microsoft Edge 119 is a smaller update that focused on security updates. The new version introduced support for restoring […]

A look at the summaries feature of Brave Browser's AI Leo

Brave Software launched its Leo AI officially this week. The feature is still rolling out to all users of the web browser at the time of writing. Access is offered via the […]

Google Chrome 120 won't run on Android 7 (Nougat) devices

Android users who still run Android Nougat on their devices won't be able to upgrade the Google Chrome browser to version 120 on their devices. Google announced the change on its Chrome […]

Windows Copilot is still dumb as a rock

Microsoft launched Windows Copilot with some fanfare alongside the Windows 11 2023 Update. Microsoft promised that the baked-in artificial intelligence would assist Windows users "in work, creation and play". Copilot is "designed […]

Google trashes its "DRM for the Web" API

In May 2023, privacy groups and developers were up in arms over Google's plan to integrate the Web Environment Integrity API into its Chrome web browser for the desktop and mobile devices. […]

Brave Browser 1.60 launches with Leo AI and security improvements

Brave Browser 1.60 is now available. The latest version of the Chromium-based web browser introduces Brave Software's Leo AI to all desktop users. It is not the only change though, as users […]

Latest Bitwarden update introduces support for saving passkeys

A new version of the open source password manager Bitwarden is now available. Bitwarden 2023.10.0 introduces a number of important features to the password manager. Noteworthy additions are supported for saving passkeys […]

Media Creation Tool won't offer Windows 11 2023 Update for a couple of weeks

Microsoft released the 2023 feature update for Windows 11 this week and it is already available via Windows Update and the Update Assistant. Windows users and administrators who prefer installation media can […]

Google Chrome 119 fixes 15 security issues and privacy changes

Google published a new stable version of its Chrome web browser for all supported operating systems. Chrome 119 is a security update first and foremost, but it does introduce new features and […]

How to upgrade to Windows 11 2023 Update on unsupported hardware

If you have installed Windows 11 on a PC that does not meet the system requirements, you'll end up with roadblocks each time Microsoft releases a new feature update. Regular updates installed […]

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Samsung Auto Blocker: new Samsung Galaxy Security tool

Samsung Auto Blocker is a new security tool for Samsung Galaxy devices that promises to protect devices from certain threats. The opt-in feature is part of One UI 6, which Samsung is […]

The Windows 11 2023 Update is now available: how to get it

Microsoft announced the general availability of the 2023 feature update for its Windows operating system, the Windows 11 2023 Update, a moment ago. Also called Windows 11 version 23H2, it is the […]


Privacy tool DoNotSpy11 update adds Windows 11 version 23H2 support

DoNotSpy is a long-standing privacy tool for Windows. The latest update adds support for the Windows 11 2023 Update, aka Windows 11 version 23H2. Our first review of DoNotSpy dates back a […]

PowerToys 0.75 launches with environment variables editor

PowerToys 0.75 is the latest version of the open source tools collection for Windows. The new version introduces the environment variables editor tool and a new Dashboard home page. The program has […]

Meta's ad-free Facebook and Instagram subscription launches in November

Facebook and Instagram users from the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland may subscribe to an ad-free experience from November 2023 on. Read on to find out why it is […]

Don't fall for Windows 11's Device Usage feature: how to turn it off

When you install Windows 11, you may be prompted to select how you plan to use the device. Called Device Usage, it is a relatively new feature. Windows 11 displays several options […]

Petition demands that Microsoft extends Windows 10 support

Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) petitioned Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this week to reconsider ending support for Windows 10 in October 2025. Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system was released in 2015 with […]

This special YouTube Adblocker skips ads instead of blocking them

Google is cracking down on the use of content blockers on YouTube. More and more users see prompts that "ad blockers are not allowed on YouTube". Currently, Google appears to test various […]

Microsoft changes list of officially supported Windows 11 Intel CPUs again

Microsoft has updated the list of officially supported processors for its Windows 11 operating system again. This time, the company added processors from Intel, which it had removed earlier this year. Microsoft's […]

Vivaldi Browser 6.4 released with address bar, popout video and calendar improvements

Iceland-based Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 6.4 for all supported platforms today. The new version of the Chromium-based web browser adds volume controls to its popout video feature, gives users more control over […]

Tor Browser Security Audit reveals 2 high security issues

The Tor Browser project asked the penetration testers at Cure53 to audit core components of the project. Among the components were the BridgeDB software, building infrastructure, specific Tor Browser alterations and rdsys […]

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All Surface devices are Secured-core PCs: here is what this means

Microsoft revealed today that all of its Microsoft Surface devices are Secured-Core PCs. Announced in 2022 for the first time, Secured-Core PCs combine hardware, software and firmware defenses to protect against threats. […]