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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TranslateLocally: local translations as an Extension and Desktop app

TranslateLocally is an open source browser extension and desktop application that promises local translations. It's source is the same that the official Firefox Translations extension uses: Project Bergamot. Project Bergamot is a […]

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Microsoft blocks the Windows 11 2022 Update from another set of devices

Windows 11 users who have used the Xbox Game Bar application's Capture feature won't receive the offer to upgrade to the Windows 11 2022 Update currently. Windows 11 2022 Update devices on […]

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Firefox 106.0.5 fixes a crash on certain Intel systems

Mozilla released another Firefox 106 point release. Firefox 106.0.5 addresses a crash that is affecting devices with Intel Gemini Lake processors. The new update is available already. Firefox should pick it up […]

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Thunderbird 102.4.2: CardDav new default for address books

Thunderbird 102.4.2 is the latest version of the open source email client. The new version is already available, and most Thunderbird 102 installations should receive it in the coming days. Thunderbird users […]

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Microsoft 365 Home: support for (new) personalized Outlook email addresses will be removed

Microsoft is sending out emails to Outlook customers right now that informs them that support for personalized email addresses on is ending at the end of November 2023. Existing Outlook customers […]

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Firefox 106.0.4 fixes browser crashes

Mozilla released a new version of its Firefox web browser today. Firefox 106.0.4 addresses three non-security related issues in the browser, including a crash fix during media playback that affected some users […]

Ghacks Deals: Learn the Basics of Computer Science

Learn the Basics of Computer Science is an online learning course that introduces "you to the world of computer science in programming". At the end of this course, students will be able […]

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PowerToys 0.64 launches with File Locksmith and Hosts File Editor

Microsoft released PowerToys 0.64 Stable to the public today. The new version of the open source tools collection for Windows includes two new programs and other changes. The two programs, File Locksmith […]

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The Windows 11 Task Manager may soon have a search feature

Microsoft is testing a new search feature in the Windows Task Manager that could become available to all users of the Windows operating system in the future. The feature, which third-party task […]

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Windows 11 22H2: network printing switched to RPC over TCP

Microsoft changed the default print related communication for client server communications in Windows 11 version 22H2. Systems use RPC over TCP by default on Windows 11 version 22H2 devices and no longer […]

Ghacks Deals: AdGuard Family Plan: Lifetime Subscription (84% off)

AdGuard calls its content blocking solution the world's most advanced ad blocker. Now is your chance to get a lifetime AdGuard Family Plan subscription for just $19.99. The Family Plan allows you […]

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Mozilla may extend Firefox on Windows 7 and 8.1 support

With Windows 7 and 8.1 ending official support by Microsoft in January 2023, software companies face a tough decision: should they support the operating systems for longer, or drop support at the […]

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How to remove your phone number or email from Facebook, even if you have no account

Social sites such as Facebook require that users provide them with some data on sign up; this usually involves handing over a phone number or email address, name, and other personal information. […]

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AMD is investigating Ryzen 7000 performance issues

AMD released a performance advisory for its Ryzen 7000 series of processors. The company addresses claims in the advisory that the Ryzen 7000 family of processors have performance-related issues. Reports about performance […]

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Firefox 106.0.3 fixes a crash and hangs on Windows

Mozilla plans to release Firefox 106.0.3 Stable later today, if you are reading this on October 31, 2022. The new release for Firefox addresses a crash and a hang issue that may […]

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Still using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10? It will be disabled in February 2023

Microsoft plans to disable the company's Internet Explorer 11 web browser from certain Windows operating systems in February 2023. The company plans to disable Internet Explorer 11 on these systems, so that […]

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Microsoft confirms Outlook sign-in issue

Outlook users who attempt to sign-in to their account in Outlook or on may receive the error message "You can't sign in here with a personal account. Use your work or […]

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Windows 10: OneDrive app may close unexpectedly

Microsoft confirmed a new Windows 10 issue this week that affects the company's own OneDrive app. The report on Microsoft's support website reveals that the issue occurs on certain actions only, and […]

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Microsoft Edge 107: security updates and new policies

Microsoft released a new stable and extended stable version of its Edge web browser today. Microsoft Edge Stable 107.0.1418.24 and Microsoft Edge Extended Stable 106.0.1370.59 are already available. Both updates address a […]

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Google Chrome 107 update fixes security vulnerability that is exploited in the wild

Google released a second security update this week for its Chrome web browser; it patches a security vulnerability that is exploited. Google released Chrome Stable 107 earlier this week and addressed 14 […]

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Text Grab: fast OCR tool for Windows with text manipulation and more

Text Grab is an open source optical character recognition (OCR) tool for Windows 10 and up that includes several extras that sets it apart from other applications of its kind. The program […]

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Thunderbird 102.4.1 fixes various bugs in the email client

Thunderbird 102.4.1 is the latest stable version of the open source email client. The new release fixes several bugs in Thunderbird, including issues with custom header data, the -remote command, or issues […]

Ghacks Deals: The 2023 Google Go & Cloud Architect Certification Bundle

The 2023 Google Go & Cloud Architect Certification Bundle includes 6 online courses that teach you skills such as Google Go and BERT, Google Apps Scripts, or applied machine learning on Google […]

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Windows 11: how to enable instant search results in File Explorer

File Explorer's search functionality has not changed all that much in the past decade. Users type a search term in the interface and wait then until results are populated. Microsoft has been […]

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Firefox 106.0.2 fixes a freeze, opening issue and more

Mozilla Firefox 106.0.2 will be released later today. The second Firefox 106 point release addresses five different issues in the browser, none is security related. The browser's automatic updating system should pick […]

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Brave 1.45 Stable out with Brave Translate improvements and more

Brave 1.45.113 Stable is now available. The new version of Brave Browser for the desktop is a massive list with a long list of improvements. Existing installations should be upgraded to the […]

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Chrome 107 Stable is now available with 14 security fixes

Google released a new stable version of its Chrome web browser a moment ago. Chrome 107 Stable is out for all supported desktop operating systems and for Android. The web browser update […]

Ghacks Deals: Password Boss Premium: Lifetime Subscription (Unlimited Devices)

Password Boss is a popular password management solution that is available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features a zero knowledge architecture, protects data with 256-bit AES encryption, encrypts end-to-end, and […]

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Google ends Chrome support for Windows 7 and 8.1 in early 2023

Google Chrome users who run the web browser on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices will soon have to do without updates for the web browser. Google announced today that its support […]

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How to disable YouTube's new Ambient Mode playback feature

Google announced the rollout of a new design on its YouTube website today. After gathering input from "thousands of viewers around the world", Google decided to give YouTube a "cleaner, more lively […]

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Massive Fake Website Campaign Spreading Malware detected

Security researchers have detected a big malware campaign that is using fake websites to impersonate popular products and brands to spread malware. So-called typosquatting attacks register domain names that resemble the domain […]

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Run Windows 95 as a JavaScript app on your computer (and play a bit of Doom while you are at it)

If you want to relive memories of the Windows 95 operating system, or want to know what it was all about, then you may want to point your browser's to a faithful […]

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Windows 11 Task Manager is preventing the Safely Remove Hardware feature

The latest version of Windows 11 has a bug that may prevent the safe removal of hardware from the device. Discovered by our colleagues over at Deskmodder, it appears that Windows 11's […]

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Microsoft working on improving Edge's Find On Page search feature

All web browsers support local search functionality to find content on the active webpage. Extensions, like the excellent Search Multi Tabs extension for Firefox extend the functionality by enabling searches across all […]

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Vivaldi gets official support for pinning tab stacks

One of the Vivaldi web browser's greatest features, if you ask me, is the browser's ability to stack tabs. Just drag one tab on another and you have created a tab stack. […]

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First look at Microsoft's CCleaner-like PC Manager application

Microsoft PC Manager is a new beta application by Microsoft that promises one-click speed boosts, full system check-ups, virus removals and more. If that reminds you of applications such as CCleaner, or […]

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Google is increasing the price of YouTube Premium Family significantly

Google is informing YouTube Premium Family subscribers currently that the price of the service will go up for them. Especially those grandfathered into YouTube Premium plans receive emails, but the price increase […]

Linux distribution Ubuntu 22.10 is now available

Canonical released a new version of its Linux distribution Ubuntu today. Ubuntu 22.10, codename Kinetic Kudu, is a short term support release that will be supported until July 2023. Ubuntu users who […]

Ghacks Deals: The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle

The Ultimate Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle is an excellent training bundle for beginners, intermediate and even advanced Excel users. It includes six courses in total that include a beginner to advanced […]

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Firefox 106.0.1 fixes a crash on certain AMD systems

Hot on the heels of Firefox 106 Stable comes the first point release update for the browser. Firefox 106.0.1 addresses a crash on systems with certain AMD processors. Mozilla released Firefox 106 […]