Unless you have lived under a rock for the past couple of months, you would know that ISPs are after you.
They are after your data.
Internet service providers also want to collect your data and then sell it to third-party marketing companies.
For all we know, there is no limit to the amount of evil ISPs can do/cause with user data.
The only way to protect yourself against ISPs and government agencies (along with hackers) is to use a VPN service.
Here is the thing though:
The VPN market is filled with VPN services.
Some of them are fake.
Others are okay at best.
But very few are great.
Today, in this Windscribe VPN review, we’ll take a look at which category of VPN service providers does Windscribe VPN belong to.
Windscribe VPN does away with complex pricing plans in favor of simplicity.
The VPN company has three plans which are as follows,
- A free plan, with some features restricted (such as monthly data caps and number of devices)
- The second plan is the monthly plan which costs users $9 per month
- Windscribe VPN’s third and final plan is the same as the monthly plan but requires the user to sign up for the service for a period of 12 months.
This plan costs users $90 for the full sure.
Without going into too much mathematics, it should be pretty obvious that the yearly plan is the cheapest.
It gives users almost two extra months of free VPN service.
As far as the competition goes, Windscribe VPN isn’t the cheapest.
Especially given the overall quality of Windscribe VPN such as its features and VPN apps.
Of course, that shouldn’t be a problem for users who just want to stay away from scam VPN services.
It might seem hard to believe but there are very few VPN service providers who operate exactly as they advertise.
What is the difference between the free version and the Pro version?
The main difference is that the free version comes with a data limit.
That data limit is 10GB per month.
On the other hand, the pro version has no limit.
Moreover, the free version does not have the full range of VPN servers.
Apart from that, on the free Windscribe VPN version, you can only connect a single simultaneous device.
The Pro version is what you expect of a full fledged VPN service.
It has no data limits and users can connect multiple simultaneous devices.
If you want to test Windscribe VPN out then the free version is definitely the way to go.
A data limit of 10GB is more than enough for most online users.
But of course, it isn’t perfect for long term and consistent use.
What about refunds?
Windscribe VPN will refund your money if you make the request within three days of actual purchase.
But that shouldn’t matter because Windscribe VPN has a free version.
So you can “try” Windscribe VPN out for as long as you like before committing to the Pro version.
How many payment options are available?
At the time of writing this Windscribe VPN review, the company offered payment methods such as,
- Credit card
Windscribe Ltd. is a Canadian VPN service provider that is based in Ontario.
That means Windscribe VPN won’t be able to get away from the five eyes surveillance program and sharing.
We’ll come to how Windscribe VPN developers team have handled these problems a bit later in this Windscribe VPN review.
What About P2P?
Windscribe VPN allows P2P activity on all its VPN servers.
But that policy can change if a need arises.
How Many Devices Can You Connect?
We have already mentioned that you can connect just one device with the free plan.
The Pro plan, on the other hand, offers users an unlimited number of simultaneous devices.
Moreover, Windscribe VPN also blocks ads for all its users.
There is also a firewall in place to keep hackers at bay.
And if it wasn’ clear enough already, all Pro subscribers get unlimited bandwidth.
Windscribe VPN offers users VPN servers in countries such as,
- The UK
- The US
- Hong Kong
The total number of VPN servers on offer is 45.
We’ll be honest with you and tell you that the “45” number is too low.
Especially when compared with some of the other elite VPN service providers.
This limited range of servers also means that Windscribe VPN will be of less use for users in Africa and South America.
Of course, Windscribe VPN can change that in the future and offer servers in the Middle East as well.
Windscribe VPN offers shared IP addresses.
There is no facility for dedicated IP addresses.
But that may be good or bad depending on the user.
Shared IP addresses are much secure because they are harder to crack.
Hence, user privacy and anonymity is better preserved in a shared IP environment.
Does It Work With Netflix?
What you really mean to say is that does it unlock the US version of Netflix?
The answer is:
We think it doesn’t.
But if it does, then it should have mentioned this fact on the official website.
We searched the official website to find clues on whether it works with Netflix or not and we couldn’t find anything.
The company does tell the users on the official website that its VPN apps unlock sites like BBC iPlayer and what not, but it doesn’t list Netflix as one of those streaming websites.
You can bet your house that if a VPN service works with Netflix, it will make extra sure that it mentions that fact on its official website.
The fact that Windscribe doesn’t, this tells us that it probably doesn’t work with Netflix.
According to official sources, Windscribe VPN takes user privacy very seriously.
But we must do our own research to answer the question:
Is Windscribe VPN safe?
Windscribe VPN is different from other VPN services in some very key aspects.
One of them is encryption.
Windscribe VPN takes the simple approach when it comes to encryption.
This ensures that its customers don’t hurt themselves while using its VPN app.
How can the customers hurt themselves?
By connecting to servers which are insecure or even worse compromised.
Some users don’t know how VPN protocols work and can mess up their configuration which can render the VPN app useless.
As far as the encryption method goes, Windscribe VPN uses an AES-256 cipher with SHA512 auth.
It also uses a 4096-bit RSA key.
At the time of writing this Windscribe VPN review, Windscribe VPN only offered OpenVPN as its default VPN protocol.
Which is great for two reasons.
OpenVPN is the most secure VPN protocol.
And it is widely used and hence has great support.
It is also fast and open source.
What about DNS leaks?
Windscribe VPN protects its users against DNS leaks and it also has a kill switch feature.
Head over to the User Interface section of this Windscribe VPN to learn more about these features.
The Official Website
Windscribe VPN official website has a modern feel to it.
The content is properly spaced out and the color scheme is easy on the eyes.
Users should have no problems in navigating the website.
There are plenty of links for the users to click on and learn more about Windscribe VPN.
Moreover, there are separate sections for,
- The actual service
- A getting started section
- Customer support
The content is neatly organized and hence doesn’t become overwhelming for the user.
If you scroll down to the bottom of the homepage, you should see links to Windscribe VPN Twitter and Facebook pages.
These social media pages are updated on a regular basis with service updates and relevant news along with promotional packages and other security information.
The bottom of the Windscribe VPN homepage also has links to its Privacy and Terms of Service pages.
This is extremely important since now we know for sure that ISPs are after user data.
There is also an explanation section in the company’s Terms of Service document to make it easier for new users to get an idea about Windscribe VPN.
The customer support for Windscribe VPN is nothing special.
IN fact, we think it is lacking a couple of modern features like live chat support.
The only way to submit your problem Windscribe VPN is via an online ticket based query system.
Windscribe VPN has given us no indication that it plans to add more to its customer support.
According to official sources, Windscribe VPN does not trust third-party API’s and hence can’t use features such as live chat on its official website.
Windscribe VPN says that LiveChat, in most cases, is a third party service and hence can compromise user privacy.
There is no Windscribe VPN forum as well.
The company sys it is because they want to focus on ensuring user privacy and attracting new users who have not bought a VPN service before.
Moreover, Windscribe VPN says that it has put a lot of work into its VPN apps so that novice users don’t feel uncomfortable with it.
Windscribe VPN feels that if people need to use forums to get their questions answered and as a company, they have failed.
Expect Windscribe VPN to respond to your questions within a few hours.
Our research for this Windscribe VPN review tells us that their representatives are professional and courteous.
Moreover, their answered are descriptive and to the point.
The FAQ section on the official website is also a good source of customer support.
It was more than enough questions answered and the answered are written professionally.
You Should have no problems in getting started with Windscribe VPN because the company does a good job of explaining how its VPN service and browser extension work.
Installation And User Interface
Before talking about the actual installation process, let’s take a look at how Windscribe VPN performs in its initial stage:
The signup process.
It doesn’t matter how simple the installation process is if users find it hard to subscribe to a VPN service.
If a VPN service fails at this important step then it stands to lose a lot of customers.
Luckily, Windscribe VPN takes care of its signup process with laser precision.
But that we mean the signup process is simple.
In fact, we’ll go ahead and say that Windscribe VPN has one of the simplest signup processes in the VPN industry today.
Because of the time, it takes to sign up for Windscribe VPN.
All that is required from the user is a simple username and a password.
These are then used for other purposes such as the official website’s client-only areas.
The same login credentials are also used for Windscribe VPN’s Windows desktop client and its official browser extension.
You don’t need to provide Windscribe VPN with an email address.
And that is great if one is concerned about privacy and anonymity.
Of course, you can submit your email address to Windscribe VPN if you want to.
But why would you want to?
We’ll tell you why:
You do want them to contact you with the solution to your problem right?
As mentioned before, if you don’t want to provide your email address and simply don’t
How to secure your privacy while signing up for Windscribe VPN.
If you decide that you’ll pay for Windscribe VPN service with a credit card then you’ll have to provide a billing address.
Of course, if you happen to reside within the United States or even Canada then you don’t even have to do that.
There is another option though.
It’s called Bitcoin.
Use Bitcoin if you want anonymity from start to finish even before using Windscribe VPN VPN app.
When you have registered, the official website will redirect you to the Windscribe VPN download section.
Here you can download the VPN application for the operating system of your choice.
The whole installation process takes less than a few minutes.
And besides, you’ll install Windscribe VPN software application via an installation wizard so there should be no hiccups there.
In other words, you should face no problems in installing and running Windscribe VPN application on your machine.
For the purposes of this Windscribe VPN review, we’ll only talk about the Windows version of Windscribe VPN client.
The client itself is very functional and modern.
There are no confusing tabs or technical terms starting at you on the home screen.
You’ll thank Windscribe VPN for not cluttering the home screen with extras.
There is a simple toggle button located in the top-right corner of the home screen.
Users can use this button to connect/disconnect to their selected VPN server.
As mentioned earlier, there is also a kill switch feature.
The kill switch feature can block all online connections when the VPN connection is unstable or about to disconnect.
This ensures that the user is not exposed if the VPN connection suddenly drops.
And talking about VPN connections, you should also expect the unexpected in the online world of the internet.
Getting back to the user interface, there is also a menu button in the form of three horizontal lines.
If you click on this button, the app will open up an options menu located on the left side of the screen.
Here each option represents a specific function.
The options themselves are pretty self-explanatory and hence there is no need to discuss them here at this moment.
However, the one option that we should discuss here is the preferences option.
It’s more of a menu in itself rather than an option but some of the functionalities offered here are truly essential.
For example, if you want Windscribe VPN to protect you as soon as your Windows start then there is an auto-start option for that.
Every time your computer machines boots up, Windscribe VPN will spring into action within seconds.
There is also an auto-connect feature.
This feature connects you to the most recently used server when you log into the Windscribe VPN app.
Apart from that, there are options for connect mode as well.
The menu will present you with a total of three port options.
Let’s take a look which one should you use under which circumstances.
Let’s say you are a user who lives in places such as China or Iran.
You know what that means right?
If you live in China then you always have to watch out for the Great Firewall of China.
Countries like North Korea and Iran use other types of repressive internet policies as well.
To bypass all of these users should go ahead with the Stealth option (you can access this option via Connection Mode drop-down list).
The Stealth mode option takes advantage of advanced technologies such as the stunnel technology to make sure that you remain hidden on the internet.
With that said, make sure that you use the Stealth option over TCP while using port 8443.
Other connection mode options are as follows,
- Default option- which is UDP protocol on port 443
- Backup option- which is TCP protocol on port 1194
- Stealth Option- which is TCP protocol over port 8443.
The Chrome Extension
The Windscribe VPN Chrome Extension is exactly what it says it is.
A Chrome extension.
It works in a very similar way to the desktop version of the VPN app.
Moreover, it’s user interface and the color scheme is also almost identical.
There is a secure.link option available and we’re not quite sure what it is.
Let us explain.
The secure.link may be an information tool but we would like to think it is a marketing tool.
Of course, it does a good job of raising awareness amongst users in terms of privacy, but apart from that, we don’t know how useful it can be.
Sure, it shows users how websites track them and their online activities and how they can avoid such measures.
But most of the solutions boil down to buying a Windscribe VPN subscription package.
There is one interesting part about secure.link that we have to mention.
You see, if a user does install Windscribe VPN and then signs up for a premium package, then the user who is responsible for generating the secure.ink gets to have a total of fifty percent of Windscribe VPN’s earning back as a reward.
There is another condition. The user has to subscribe to, at least, a monthly package.
VPN service providers do incentivise their customers to bring more new users but some take it too far.
Of course, everyone should be more conscious about their privacy but it does give off a good vibe when a VPN service provider coerces its customers to do the marketing for it in return for a reward.
More Extension Options
There is another, rather advanced, feature in the Chrome extension that we haven’t talked about.
It doesn’t have a name so allow us to explain this feature.
If you go to preferences menu then you’ll come across some really advanced configuration options.
Some of these options will allow you to get rid of third party API’s that are used on various websites.
As you probably know, some API’s consume a lot of data.
And that is not cool when you are on your mobile data program.
So to stop them from eating up your MBs you can just block them with the Chrome extension preferences menu.
There is also an option to whitelist websites that you know you will visit quite often and don’t want to block features on.
Some of these websites might include Facebook or any other website you use at work or at home on a regular basis.
Whenever you use a VPN service you need speed.
Does Windscribe VPN have any?
Let’s find out.
In our research for this Windscribe VPN review, we found that Windscribe VPN was slightly behind the average when it comes to speed.
That is strictly speaking in terms of numbers.
Of course, the real world is different.
Numbers don’t mean much here.
Because of network conditions.
Network conditions, for the most part, are unstable.
And that can affect speed along with performance.
Secondly, the speed of any given VPN service provider also depends on which server you connect to.
Generally speaking, the farther a VPN server is from your physical location the slower it will be.
And vice versa.
Windscribe VPN performs way better on its US servers than it does on its UK and Dutch VPN servers.
If you want to watch YouTube videos with Windscribe VPN then you’ll probably be fine.
But if you want to stream full-length HD movies, then expect to experience a bit of lag.
The Other Problem For Windscribe VPN
Windscribe VPN has this feature called multi-hop connection.
Without going into too many details, know that this feature further slows down a VPN service.
The multihop feature offers much more security than regular VPN connection.
But it provides that security at the expense of speed.
That, of course, does not mean Windscribe VPN won’t work for you.
If you are just about streaming YouTube videos, browsing and downloading small files then Windscribe VPN will get the job done.
What About DNS Leaks?
If we’re talking about Windscribe VPN then know that all users are protected from DNS leaks.
Of course, you can run your own tests and interpret the results on your own.
That way you’ll know for sure that Windscribe VPN does safeguard your privacy and anonymity.
Use sites like ipleak.net to check for simple DNS leaks.
Other sites such as WebRTC Bug and of course, test-IPv6.com are also pretty useful for testing IPv6 leaks.
If you want to further mix things up a bit then head on over to doileak.com for more verification tests.
To test out actual the speed of this VPN service provider you can use the following websites,
A VPN service could have all the features in the world and the security checks in place, it would mean nothing if it does not support your device.
Generally speaking, the larger the number of devices a VPN service supports, the better it is for the user.
Because then you don’t have to worry about buying the devices that work with a specific VPN service.
At the time of writing this review, Windscribe VPN service supported the following platforms,
This is a good place to mention that Windscribe VPN has a terrific set of Apps especially for the Android and the iOS platform.
Moreover, if you need help in setting up the VPN apps on any given platform then head on over to the official website.
There you can find all the setup guides that come with screenshots which can really make the whole process of setting up a VPN service a breeze.
Windscribe VPN also has detailed video guides to help out users.
The Android And iOS Apps
Any modern VPN service provider has to support mobile platforms.
It is common knowledge that the number of users who access the internet via a mobile device far outweigh the number of users who do so via a desktop machine.
That’s just the nature of the internet.
A VPN service has to support mobile platforms in order to reach out to those customers.
Windscribe VPN knows that and hence has dedicated apps for all major mobile platforms.
Mainly the Android and the iOS platform.
Both platforms have great apps.
And to be fair to Windscribe VPN, the company had promised to bring new apps to mobile platforms quite a while ago.
So it’s nice to see a VPN service provider stay to its word for once.
There is one caveat though.
If you sign up for the free account then you can’t use the Android App.
In other words, the Android app is only available for users who sign up for the Pro account.
That makes sense as well.
The developers behind these apps have worked hard to make sure that these perform up to the required standards.
They deserve their dues for that.
That’s what we think.
As far as Windscribe VPN goes, the company has promised that it will bring the new mobile app to free users as well.
We’ll have to wait and see how that turn out.
If you didn’t read the whole review above and this is your chance to know more about Windscribe VPN.
Basically, in Windscribe VPN, you have a VPN service that offers solid performance and features for a price.
It is not the cheapest.
But it does have quite a lot up its sleeve in the form of decent features and attractive VPN apps.
We wouldn’t go so far as to call Windscribe VPN a top VPN service provider but it does get the job done.
One of the things that is probably keeping Windscribe VPN a bit behind than others is its approach to marketing.
It is unconventional.
And in a marketplace that is flooded with new VPN players, that’s definitely a negative.
Windscribe VPN’s Windows client is great and it backs that up with the Chrome browser extension which also works seamlessly.
Both of these are designed from the ground up to protect your online activities and anonymity.
As mentioned before, Windscribe VPN has a great set of features as well.
With all of that said, Windscribe VPN definitely deserves a try out from users who are looking for something new but secure.
- Dedicated VPN apps for all major platforms
- Good online protection
- Chrome extension
- No live chat
- Setup guides are slightly complex and may put off new users
- The number of VPN server locations is small
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- reasonable encryption technologies
- App UI is modern and sleek
- browser extension
- slightly overpriced
- no live chat
- setup guides are not easy to follow
- low number of VPN servers