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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Thunderbird 91 is available as a manual upgrade

Thunderbird 91, a new major version of the open source cross platform email and communication client, has been released. The new version of Thunderbird is not yet available via the email client's […]

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Firefox Suggest: Mozilla is testing custom search and sponsored suggestions in the United States

Firefox Suggest is a new custom search and sponsored suggestions feature of Mozilla's Firefox web browser. The feature is being tested on a limited number of Firefox installations in the United States […]

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Log all DNS activity on your Windows PCs with DNSLookupView

DNSLookupView is a new portable application by Nirsoft, which logs all DNS activity on Windows devices. DNS is a cornerstone of the Internet, as it translates domain names such as into […]

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NortonLifeLock and Avast Merger would create a new cyber security behemoth

Avast could soon become part of NortonLifeLock, provided that the shareholders of both companies and regulators approve the deal. The company announced plans for a mixed cash and stock merger on August […]

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How to export Windows drivers using DISM

Did you know that you can use the built-in tool DISM on Windows machines to export drivers? Windows comes with a set of drivers to make sure that most hardware devices work […]

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates August 2021 overview

Microsoft has released security updates and non-security updates for its Windows operating system on today's Patch Day. Updates are available for all client and server versions of Microsoft Windows, as well as […]

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Mozilla's plan to offer a Privacy Pack

Mozilla, maker of Firefox and other products, plans to offer a Privacy Pack later this year. Mozilla Privacy Pack combines the organization's products Firefox Relay, Firefox Monitor and Mozilla VPN into a […]

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Firefox 91 release overview: new ESR base, Simplified Printing, new HTTPS-First Policy

Firefox 91 is the latest stable version of the web browser. Released on August 10, 2021, it is replacing Firefox 90 and previous versions of the stable branch of the browser. All […]

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Firefox ESR 91: new ESR version will be released tomorrow

Mozilla plans to release new versions of its Firefox web browser on Tuesday 10, 2021. The organization does so every 4-weeks on average, but tomorrow's release is special, as it is the […]

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How to download and convert Google Keep notes

Google Keep is Google's official note taking service and application. It is available as a web version, on Android, and as a browser extension for Google Chrome. Since it is built-in on […]

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How useful is Google Chrome's new Privacy and Security review tool?

Google is working on a new Chrome tool, called Privacy and Security review, which complements the browser's Safety Check feature. Safety Check, designed to check standard protections, extensions, passwords, device software and […]

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Manage Windows Startup Programs with Startup Sentinel

Startup Sentinel is a portable startup programs manager for Microsoft Windows devices. The program is developed by KC Softwares, best known for the software update monitor SUMO. Startup Sentinel is provided as […]

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Steam's latest update improves the management of downloads

Valve released a new beta update for its Steam gaming client this week that improves the management of downloads significantly. While in beta currently, it usually takes a couple of weeks before […]

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Microsoft Edge 93: hide the titlebar in vertical tab mode

The upcoming Microsoft Edge 93 web browser includes vertical tab mode improvements. Users may flip a switch in Edge to hide the browser's titelbar to gain extra pixels while using vertical tabs. […]

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Web Archives: view archived and cached versions of webpages

Web Archives is an open source browser extension for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and other Firefox-based and Chromium-based web browsers, which you may use to display archived and cached versions […]

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Facebook scatters privacy settings all over the place on mobile

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Is Iceraven the better Firefox for Android mobile browser?

About two years ago, Mozilla revealed plans to replace the then-current version of its Firefox web browser for Android with a redesigned browser. The new browser would offer better performance and web […]

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A close look at Firefox 91's new file download opening behavior

Mozilla plans to change the file download opening behavior in Firefox 91. Up until now, Firefox users may choose to save or open files that they want to download. Saving puts the […]

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Vivaldi 4.1 for Android: stay in browser feature and tab stacks support

Vivaldi released a new version of its Vivaldi web browser for Android on August 4, 2021. Vivaldi 4.1 is available via Google Play for devices running Android 5 or higher. Existing users […]

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Windows 10 blocks Potentially Unwanted Apps by default now

Microsoft has started to turn on the Potentially Unwanted Apps (PUA) protection of Windows Defender in the company's Windows 10 operating system. Potentially unwanted apps "can cause your device to run slowly, […]

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YouTube Premium Lite disables ads on YouTube for 6.99 per month

YouTube Premium Lite is a new YouTube subscription plan that disables advertisement on YouTube for 6.99 per month. The plan is being tested in several European countries currently such as Denmark, Belgium […]

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Which web browser is the most efficient webpage PDF Saver?

All desktop web browsers support saving webpages to various formats. The option that is most exposed comes in form of the "Save As" menu that is available in various places, usually in […]

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Google Chrome: open all bookmarks of a folder in a tab group

Google is working on a new option for bookmarks in folders in the company's Chrome web browser. Launched in Chrome Canary already, Chrome users may use the new feature to open all […]

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Install Windows Subsystem for Linux with a single command

Windows 10 administrators who want to install WSL, the Windows Subsystem for Linux, can do so running a single command on Windows 10 versions 2004 and later. Microsoft introduced the enhancement in […]

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Malwarebytes 4.4.4 adds RDP Brute Force Protection among other things

Our last look at the security software Malwarebytes dates back to 2019 when Malwarebytes 4.0 was released. The release had its fair share of issues that included incompatibilities with other programs, high […]

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How Firefox's new SmartBlock feature works

Mozilla introduced the privacy feature SmartBlock 2.0 in Firefox 90, which it released two weeks ago. SmartBlock is part of Firefox's Tracking Protection feature, which is designed to reduce user tracking while […]

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KB5004296 is an optional update for Windows 10 with lots of fixes

Microsoft released optional updates KB5004296 and KB5004293 for Windows 10 versions 1909, 2004, 20H2 and 21H1 today that address gaming issues and other issues in those versions of Windows 10. KB5004296, released […]

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You better add Pin Protection to your Bitlocker configuration

Bitlocker is a popular encryption technology by Microsoft that is used to protect data on Windows devices. Home users and Enterprise customers may protect the system and data using Bitlocker. Bitlocker works […]

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Your PC is not compatible with Windows 11? Here are your options!

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About Google Drive's "A security update will be applied to some of your files" message

If you have opened the Google Drive website on the Internet, you may have noticed a notification at the top of the page that informs you about a new security update that […]

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Vivaldi Browser 4.1 introduces Accordion Tabs and Automation

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Android's Kiwi Browser will follow Chromium releases more closely soon

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All future Windows Server releases receive 10 years of support

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Audacity 3.0.3 introduces error reporting and update checking functionality

A new version of the open source audio editor Audacity has been released. Audacity 3.0.3 introduces support for automatic update checks and error reporting among other new features. Project ownership of Audacity […]