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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, Lifehacker.com, ComputerWorld, LinkedIn, Reddit, Betanews.com, Bleeping Computer, TechCrunch, PC World, Tom's Hardware, Slashdot, Hacker News, The Register, and more.

Martin's articles on Ghacks

Ghacks Deals: The Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching Bundle (96% off)

The Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching Bundle is an eLearning course that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to install, operate and troubleshoot a small to medium branch network, and […]

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The end of Yahoo Groups? Not quite yet but close

Yahoo announced far-reaching changes to the company's Yahoo Groups service recently. The changes affect the visibility of groups, uploaded content, and upload functionality. Yahoo Groups was one of the world's largest discussion […]

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End of Support notifications for Windows 7 Pro users

Microsoft started to inform Windows 7 Home users that support for the operating system was about to run out. From this week on, the notifications will also be shown to users running […]

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DuckDuckGo adds Indian servers and new options

The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo announced the launch of new features and servers recently on the company's Spread Privacy blog. The company added servers in India to better serve Indian users, a […]

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Mozilla about to launch VPN beta

Mozilla, maker of the Firefox web browser, will launch the first beta of its upcoming VPN service in the coming weeks. The organization launched Firefox Private Network in September 2019 which added […]

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Microsoft releases October 2019 update previews for Windows

Microsoft released cumulative updates for various supported versions of Windows on October 15, 2019. The company released preview updates for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1 […]

Ghacks Deals: Codeanywhere Freelancer Plan subscriptions

Codeanywhere is a cloud-based development environment that works in modern browsers and on mobile devices. The environment supports over 75 different programming languages, auto-complete functionality, options to connect to Git repositiories, connect […]

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Microsoft adds a text cursor indicator to Windows 10

Where is that cursor? Have you ever asked yourself that question or similar questions? All recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system support an option to highlight the cursor when you […]

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Block Categories, Channels and Tags on Twitch with Unwanted Twitch

Unwanted Twitch is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to block certain categories, channels or tags on the Twitch website. If you visit the Twitch website regularly in your […]

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Microsoft enables Tamper Protection on Windows 10 for all Home users

Microsoft unveiled a new security feature called Tamper Protection for the company's Windows Defender Antivirus solution in December 2018. Tamper Protection, as the name suggests, protects certain security features from tampering. One […]

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Google is testing memory reducing Tab Freeze functionality in Chrome

Google is testing a new memory reducing feature in the company's Chrome web browser currently that freezes background tabs to reduce memory consumption of the web browser. Chrome is the most popular […]

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Internet Archive adds 2500 playable DOS games to the archive

The Internet Archive is one of our favorite spots on the Internet, and that is not only because of its excellent wayback machine to access changed or deleted webpages and sites, but […]

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Upcoming changes to file compression software Bandizip

Bandisoft, the company behind the popular file compression software Bandizip, plans to launch Bandizip 7.0 soon; the new version has a new licensing system that divides the program into a free, advertisement […]

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Microsoft acknowledges Windows 10 Start Menu issue on Answers forum

Some Windows 10 users reported issues with the Windows 10 Start Menu after installing the KB4517389? on computer systems running the operating system. Microsoft released the cumulative update for Windows 10 version […]

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The end of uBlock Origin for Google Chrome?

There has been lots of talk about Google's proposed changes to the Chrome web browser's extensions system and how these changes would affect content blockers and other extensions. The new manifest file […]

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Extract images and other content from Office documents with this simple trick

Here is a quick tip to extract images and other content from Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, or OpenOffice documents among others. While it is possible to save images embedded in Office documents in […]

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Notepad++ 7.8 update released after server incident

Notepad++ 7.8 is now available; the new version of the text and code editor for Windows is the first new version of the application after a server incident in July that took […]

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Firefox 69.0.3 fixes download issues

Firefox 69.0.3 will be released to the Stable channel later today. The new version of the web browser addresses two issues, a download issue and a Yahoo Mail issue. Mozilla released Firefox […]