Windscribe is a VPN based in Canada. It ensures privacy and protection for users. They offer 256 bit AES encryption and the standard OpenVPN tunneling protocol.
Windscribe has three paid plans; Monthly, yearly and ‘build a plan’ In addition to its paid service, it offers a free VPN plan with 10 GB monthly data limit.
Windscribe is a famous VPN service as it offers both free and paid plans to subscribers throughout the world. The provider is based in Canada, a country that is part of 5 eyes alliance.
The service offers 450+ servers in 60+ countries and offers various privacy benefits such as Internet Kill Switch, Port Forwarding, ScribeForce and so on.
It is compatible with different platforms like Windows, Android, Routers, and others. It also offers other streaming benefits like Netflix Unblocking and Torrenting Support too.
Now let’s dive in,
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- About Windscribe (Overview)
- Compatible Devices
- Features of Windscribe
- Speed and Performance
- Price (Free or Paid version)
- Privacy and Security
- Pros and Cons
1. About Windscribe (Overview)
Canadian Windscribe is a good alternative for U.S. based VPN providers or for someone who wants to use their free VPN plan that comes with 10GB session bandwidth (per month).
Despite being a relatively new VPN service, their Chrome extension, which provides free proxy access to users, has already been used by over 900,000 people.
Windscribe is a very interesting VPN which piles on the features, yet remains easy to use, with some great value commercial products, and one of the most generous free plans around.
A decent-sized network provides locations in 110 cities spread across 62 countries.
Windscribe claims its servers really are in these locations, too, rather than, we quote, ‘some competitors who have most of their servers in the US and Europe, and simply fake the location with false IP WHOIS data to make it appear that it’s elsewhere.’
An array of apps means you’re covered on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux.
Chrome, Firefox, and Opera extensions give you even more ways to connect and stacks of privacy-related extras, and the website has guides to help you set up the service on routers, Kodi, Amazon Fire TV, Nvidia Shield, and via any OpenVPN-compatible software or device.
2. Compatible Devices
This might be one of Windscribe’s best aspects.They have built-in apps for almost every platform imaginable.That includes the basics, like Windows, Macs, iOS, and Linux.
But it also extends to browsers with Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Plus, they’ll also throw in a few smart TV apps for Amazon, Nvidia Shield, and Kodi. Oh, and you can connect unlimited devices, too.Pretty awesome, right?
They’re also compatible with routers, however, this will involve a few manual steps to go through the standard OpenVPN option as a workaround.
You can also connect gaming consoles through these routers. Otherwise, there are no pre-built options to point, click, and install.
Finally, Windscribe works with TOR but only through the standalone app and not through the VPN’s browser extensions.
3. Features of Windscribe
The first thing a new Windscribe user will notice is the ease of installation and setup. For any issues that may present during this stage, there are a handful of useful and well-made video tutorials.
This speaks to Windscribe’s niche as a hassle-free VPN service for the casual Internet user who wants a high level of privacy and security.
While it doesn’t have the customization or more technical features of other products, it certainly delivers on its promise of intuitive UI and great Help functionality.
One of Windscribe’s notable features is the ability to connect from unlimited devices simultaneously. This is something that few other services provide, usually topping out around five or six.
This might not be exciting for every user, but if you find yourself needing privacy for several devices on a regular basis, Windscribe is a great candidate for your VPN service.
Their browser extensions, which block ads, trackers, rotate your user agent, and blocks social widgets like Twitter, FB, etc (if you enable this option in Privacy Options) offer the following options:
- UI with city-level location selection
- WebRTC blocking
- Timezone spoofing
- Location API spoofing
- Website notification blocking
- Malware/phishing domain blocking on top of existing ads and social network block lists
Windscribe now has port forwarding for all Pro users. Before, you had to purchase a static IP to get the benefits of port forwarding.
Now, there’s Ephemeral port forwarding and it works on all servers, not just the static IP ones.
Their ROBERT feature offers the ability to spoof domains to any IP of your choice (think server side hosts file) and the ability to block IPs and IP networks (CIDR notation) which is useful for ads that don’t use domain names, or for blocking malicious networks. Basically a completely customizable DNS and IP firewall.
Windscribe is also available on iOS and Android. Their iOS app offers Ikev2 and OpenVPN support, network whitelisting, Siri shortcuts, a custom config mode (the ability to import any OpenVPN config from any provider and use it in the app.
Their Android app offers: IKev2 and OpenVPN support, split routing, and dark mode.
Even though Windscribe has great self-service and tutorials, its customer service should the need arise is slightly lacking in comparison to similarly priced competitors.
In particular, there is currently no live customer support option, so if issues arise, a ticket-based help desk is your only option.
Additionally, the chatbot they employ has been known to be very effective in solving issues.
Although they did a great job of streamlining installation and configuration, take this into considerating some of the more sophisticated VPN features and are worried about implementation problems.
4. Speed and Performance
Windscribe’s server performance placed them towards the bottom third of our rankings at 51 (out of 78). This ranking was the direct result of a combined server score.
First, we take our benchmark reading to see what an unencumbered internet connection looks like. Here was ours:
Second, we start connecting to Windscribe servers across the world to get an average reading. Here’s what we found.
U.S. Central Server
- Ping: 140 ms
- Download speed: 29.74 Mbps (70% slower)
- Upload speed: 2.07 Mbps (96% slower)
- Ping: 46 ms
- Download speed: 17.25 Mbps (82% slower)
- Upload speed: 4.86 Mbps (91% slower)
- Ping: 92 ms
- Download speed: 42.97 Mbps (56% slower)
- Upload speed: 5.12 Mbps (90% slower)
Windscribe’s servers were consistently slow across the board. The upload speeds were especially atrocious, slowing speeds over 90% in each case. We even used a “Premium” account for these speeds!
5. Price (Free or Paid version)
If you go to the official website of Windscribe VPN, you would see that Windscribe tries to advertise its free plan a bit too much.
But since we have reviewed many VPN services that are available in the market today, we know that most of the VPN service providers do that in order to draw potential customers into purchasing their more expensive and premium VPN subscription package.
Windscribe is no different.
The premium version of Windscribe VPN, also called Windscribe Unlimited only offers a single VPN plan.
Users have the option of purchasing either the monthly and/or yearly subscription package.
Windscribe, pretty much like the majority of VPN services available in the market today, rewards subscribers who commit to the VPN service for a long period of time.
For example, if the user signs up with Windscribe VPN for a period of 1 year then the company charges the user around $49.
This is pretty much equivalent to around $4.08 each month.
Users who want to pay on a monthly basis will have to pay more than double the amount per month when compared to the yearly package.
In other words, for the monthly package, users have to shell out $9 every month.
6. Privacy and Security
Users’ privacy is safeguarded with the help of the AES-256 cipher with SHA512 auth and a 4096-bit RSA key. The provider also supports perfect forward secrecy.
Windscribe uses several connection modes for connecting to its server and ensuring you can still connect if a certain port is blocked or your ISP is performing a deep packet inspection to discover VPN usage.
These include IKEv2 and OpenVPN (UDP and TCP) protocols, as well as the ‘Stealth’ mode which encapsulates OpenVPN in a TLS tunnel via Stunnel and ‘Wstunnel’ which encapsulates it in a WebSocket.
All of the apps have a firewall (called a kill switch by other VPN services). This feature blocks all Internet connectivity outside the VPN.
This way your data is safe from leaking if your Internet connection suddenly drops or you restart your computer. The firewall operates under three modes automatic, manual, and always on.
Windscribe doesn’t store any connection logs, IP timestamps, session logs, or monitor what users do on its platform.
While these claims do sound reassuring, an outside confirmation would be even better.
7. Pros and Cons
- 10GB monthly data limit
- Unblocks Netflix
- Customizable subscription plans
- Unlimited simultaneous connections
- No 24/7 live chat, they only offer FAQs, forums, or ticket-based systems that can take days to get a response.
- Their server network performance isn’t fast as ExpressVPN or NordVPN
- Canadian Jurisdiction inside Five Eyes which makes it possible for both the U.S. and the UK to get their grubby hands on your personal data.
- Not All Of The 480+ Servers Are Active
In a nutshell, Windscribe offers most of what you want in a VPN, including tight security and reliable performance.
You’ll be able to stream Netflix US and surf the web anonymously on as many devices as you like. The VPN also works in China thanks to its Stealth mode.
On the other hand, my tests revealed some inconsistencies in Windscribe VPN’s connection speeds and geo-spoofing abilities.
Now I come to the end of the review
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