- A variety of options for encryption
- Chrome extension is pretty robust
- Provides software applications for all major platforms
- No presence of any kind of live chat feature
Windscribe is slowly moving from a new VPN service provider to an established VPN service provider.
Regardless, its entrance to the VPN market has been strong.
The paid plans come with fast VPN servers.
And that makes Windscribe quite a suitable VPN service for users who want to stream content in High Definition.
Windscribe also offers a free plan and it is as useful as a free plan can be.
On the free plan, Windscribe offers users a total of 10 GB per month.
It is on the lower side but since it is free one should not really complain.
Overall, Windscribe is a fantastic VPN service that has continued to work hard on its offerings and thus has made the jump from an average VPN service to an above-average VPN service.
Full Windscribe Review
As a VPN service, Windscribe operates out of Canada.
This makes it a Canadian VPN service provider.
Our research shows that Windscribe can fit the bill for anyone who is looking for best-value-for-money VPN service.
The company has free as well as paid plans.
The paid plans are the premium ones where the company offers all its features and products to the customer.
Our Windscribe review will focus on the premium version of Windscribe VPN service.
As far as the premium version of Windscribe goes, it is a complete and fully features VPN service.
It provides paying customers with access to fast VPN servers which are located all over the map.
The premium version of Windscribe VPN service also comes with unlimited bandwidth.
What’s more, the company allows users to connect an unlimited number of devices from just one Windscribe VPN account.
We don’t know of any other VPN service provider that does that.
Windscribe VPN also offers custom software applications for all major platforms available in the market.
The VPN service also provides a Chrome web browser extension.
We will review that extension in this review as well.
Windscribe has come a long way from when we first reviewed it.
Now, it performs really well when put under a bit of pressure.
In this review, we will dive in deep and have a look at whether Windscribe is really performing at higher levels all the time or just some of the time.
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.
Windscribe now also has a third subscription option which is the biennial plan.
On this plan, the company charges users $89 after every 24 months.
This comes down to $3.70 per month.
It also comes with Dashlane password manager for 6 months.
Click here to read our Dashlane review.
What about payment methods?
As far as payment methods are concerned, Windscribe subscribers have the option of paying for their Windscribe subscription package via methods such as,
- American Express
Windscribe also offers Bitcoin as a payment option for users who want more security and anonymity with online transactions.
This makes Windscribe very much a practical choice for people who really care about their online security and privacy.
Some have called Windscribe as a newcomer, inexperienced, immature and underdeveloped VPN service provider.
We can’t argue the fact that it is, after all, a fledgling VPN service provider that is based in Ontario, Canada.
The company only came into existence about two years ago in 2016.
This alone makes Windscribe one of the youngest, if not the youngest, VPN service in the world.
The first time we tried to review this VPN service provider, we found it hard to get a hold of all the features that it offered to its users, on its official website.
Of course, there is some good news as well.
Since the last time we looked at this VPN service provider, Windscribe has managed to update its official website along with its service.
As far as the website goes, Windscribe now has a dedicated page for the FEATURES that it offers to customers.
Users who want to know more about the features can simply go to the official website of Windscribe and look at the menu that is placed at the top in order to access the relevant section.
As mentioned just now, a new features page isn’t the only thing that Windscribe has added to its offering.
The official website not only lists out all the new features that Windscribe has developed over the last couple of years but also compares all the most significant and meaningful differences between the Limited and Unlimited plans.
In order to read more about these differences, users have to go the Pricing page of the official website.
To put it in simpler terms, subscribers to Windscribe Unlimited plan get free access to features such as,
- 50 VPN server locations
- OpenVPN encryption
- Unlimited number of simultaneous connections
- Unlimited bandwidth
- DNS leak protection
- Encryption protocols such as IKEv2 (only in its beta phase) for platforms such as Mac and Windows.
This protocol is turned on by default on the iOS platform
- Kill Switch.
In the VPN client, this feature is referred to as the Firewall feature
- Stealth mode
- Various different options for port forwarding
- Ad Blocker
- P2P (peer to peer) support
- Firefox extension
- Chrome extension
The other thing users should note here is that Windscribe does make efforts to warn users that the company specifically prohibits account sharing even though it allows users to protect an unlimited number of internet-enabled devices.
This is, to say the least, interesting.
Because if one studies the features page on the official Windscribe website, the company clearly mentions that it does not keep any type of logs that are permanent in nature.
But, if Windscribe wants to analyze where and how some of its customers are logging directly into its VPN then it begs to reason that it would have to keep some form of connection logs.
This is something that we will talk about more in the coming sections of this Windscribe VPN review.
As mentioned before as well, Windscribe operates out of Canada.
That means it has to deal with the Five Eyes online surveillance program since Canada is a part of that alliance.
Apart from that, various media reports have now revealed that the Canadian version of USA’s NSA, the CSIS, has actually accessed the metadata of its citizens illegally.
If someone had not caught CSIS doing that then we would still think that Canada is a safer place than the US when it comes to privacy and online security.
And that’s not all.
In addition to what we have mentioned above, internet service providers in Canada are also helpless against keeping logs on their users in order to comply with the countries anti-piracy legislation which came about as a result of Bill C-11.
All of this should tell the reader in clear terms that Canada is far away from an ideal place for any kind of VPN service to operate out of.
There are simply too many hoops to jump over.
This is the one reason, among many others, why any VPN service that operates out of Canada needs to have a genuine and strict zero logs official policy.
There should be no way around it.
Readers need to understand here that if a VPN based in Canada keeps any logs on them then law enforcement authorities could, at some point in the future, ask the VPN to let them access that data with the help of nothing but a warrant.
Moreover, if the VPN service does keep logs, maybe the CSIS would come up with a way to access the information that the VPN has in those logs.
Of course, there is also the chance that the CSIS may already have done that.
When it comes to intelligence and spy agencies, one can’t really rule out anything.
The other thing we want to talk about is the actual installation process of Windscribe VPN service which shows users an EULA that makes it clear in no uncertain terms by implying that WIndscribe, as a firm, may have to monitor all the happenings on its network.
It also informs the user that the VPN service may look at each given VPN subscription in order to make sure that not a lot of people are using a single VPN subscription package.
In short, Windscribe VPN (despite the fact that it offers an unlimited number of VPN connections per account) tells the user to not have too many IP addresses and/or devices at a given point in time.
As mentioned before, the only way for Windscribe VPN or any other VPN service to do that type of traffic analysis is by keeping and storing IP addresses along with connection logs.
We’re not saying that WIndscribe VPN keeps those logs forever.
But it could.
For the purposes of analyzing traffic, it could just store it, monitor it, make decisions and then get rid of it.
There really isn’t a need to keep user data stored in some place for eternity.
With that said, it is also true that in a later section of the EULA (End User License Agreement), the company does state that it never collects any data that someone could use to personally identify someone.
So, WIndscribe subscribers are safe.
At least “officially” they are.
It is pretty long.
So we’ll only discuss some relevant points here.
What does that mean for the end user?
It means that Windscribe only monitors the traffic to detect potential abuse of its VPN services during different seasons.
As mentioned before, Windscribe just wants to ensure that only a single user/person is using its VPN service on a single account.
We are inclined to believe that it is decent news.
Because it means Windscribe has no interest in keeping any kind of user data that law enforcement authorities could access at a later date.
From an overall perspective, even though Windscribe ostensibly wants to make sure that a single person is using its VPN service via a single account, in the real world it is pretty hard to take logs, study them and then enforce the end user agreement.
This makes it feasible for a one person to share the Windscribe VPN protection with his/her family members.
Of course, the family members have to live in the same house as the user.
We don’t think the user would get into trouble for doing that because it is simply impossible for Windscribe to ascertain if the user is sharing an account with strangers or just sharing it within family members.
Our research shows that as far as logging policy goes, Windscribe VPN is pretty fair.
In fact, we think its logging policy is more than fair.
It is close to excellent.
All it does is that it enables users to understand and trust that the given VPN is at least willing in doing its privacy-related job properly.
We feel that on the part of Windscribe VPN, it is an extremely important and positive action.
Other security and encryption features
There are lots of good news as far as the new WIndscribe service is concerned.
The company has improved leaps and bounds when it comes to encryption technologies.
Users should have no trouble in considering the Windscribe VPN service as highly safe and secure.
Windscribe, as a VPN service, offers users an OpenVPN encryption option by default.
Not only that, it makes sure that it implements that encryption technology to a very high standard.
At Security Gladiators, we always recommend that users should opt for the OpenVPN encryption protocol whenever they have the option of having so.
Let’s discuss some of the details that are related to the way Windscribe VPN implements its encryption standard.
Windscribe VPN makes use of the AES 256-bit cipher which is considered very secure.
It also makes use of SHA 512-bit for data authorization along with an RSA 2096-bit encryption key.
Moreover, it also supports Perfect Forward Secrecy with the use of DHE or Diffie Hellman.
Readers should also note here that WIndscribe makes no secret of the kind of encryption it uses.
In fact, it clearly advertises all the necessary encryption details on its official website.
Users who want to take a look at that should go to the Features page of the official website.
As mentioned before, we think that the Windscribe VPN encryption implementation is excellent.
It is something which we believe a lot of VPN service providers need to learn from and copy.
When it comes to a VPN service, transparency is of absolute importance.
It certainly goes a long way in building a good reputation in the industry.
The other thing users need to note here is that, Windscribe VPN has already started the process of introducing the IKEv2 VPN protocol for all its VPN clients.
In the brand new beta edition of Windscribe VPN client, users have the option of using IKEv2 protocol for the Mac and Windows platform.
Our research shows that Windscribe VPN will start to roll the new VPN protocol out as the default option for encryption when it releases another edition of VPN client.
That will happen with the next couple of months.
Windscribe VPN has also made plans to add the IKEv2 VPN protocol to its Android VPN client as well.
However, we feel, that will take a lot of time.
That’s not us saying it.
Windscribe VPN representatives themselves have said in the past that it will take some time to introduce the IKEv2 protocol for users on the Android platform.
Why are we so insistent on the IKEv2 protocol?
Well, we are insistent because this offers a secure and strong encryption along with good speed.
This makes this protocol an ideal solution for streaming HD content with online security.
Here at Security Gladiators, generally speaking, our team recommends users to stick with OpenVPN though.
Because it is very well tested.
And it is mature.
So far, there is not a single VPN protocol that uses as secure a VPN encryption as the OpenVPN protocol.
With that said, it is also true that having the option of using the IKEv2 protocol can’t be that bad.
In fact, we think it would make for a fantastic security option which would definitely assist users and give them more options to stream content online and stay safe while using a variety of devices.
Apart from supporting and implementing strong encryption, the official WIndscribe VPN client is pretty formidable as well.
It offers users IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) along with DNS (Domain Name System) leak protection by default.
Moreover, the VPN client itself does a tremendous job of denoting which VPN servers the user can and cannot use for P2P file-sharing and torrenting.
The latest version of the Windscribe VPN client also offers users a kill switch.
What does the kill switch do?
The Kill Switch basically disconnects the user from the wider world of the internet when it detects that the user’s VPN connection has dropped for some reason.
This prevents the user from accidentally exposing and leaking his/her unencrypted internet traffic to his/her internet service provider.
As a final security feature, Windscribe VPN service also provides users with a double hop feature.
This feature is only accessible via the official Chrome extension.
The double hop feature enables users to tunnel through a total of two proxy VPN servers rather than a single one.
Now, even though this feature provides great security, users should keep in mind that this feature will slow down their entire internet connection.
Because that’s what “more security” does to any internet connection.
One can’t really blame Windscribe for this.
Of course, if the user has a very fast internet connection then he/she may not even notice the slow down effect.
Our research shows that for the majority of online consumers who make use of a VPN service, that is indeed the case.
However, users should know that the double hop feature best suits people who have a desire to obfuscate their IP-enabled position as much as is practically possible.
Think of the obfuscation double hop feature as an extra feature.
The Official Windscribe VPN Website
As we have indicated earlier as well, the Windscribe VPN service’s official website both has a great design and is extremely easy to navigate.
Our research shows that the official Windscribe VPN service has a nice look to it and provides a good amount of information that is relevant.
The official Windscribe VPN website’s homepage contains a ton of useful and introductory videos.
We think that the most important aspect of the Windscribe VPN homepage is that is it highly organized.
There is a menu present right at the top of the user’s screen.
This is where users can go to if they want to access the official FEATURES page.
We have also found that this page (the homepage, or more specifically the top part of the homepage) offers links to other crucial information about topics such as,
- Setup Guides
As alluded to before as well, the features page that is present on the official Windscribe VPN website does a marvelous job of providing relative information.
Frankly, we haven’t seen many VPN service providers managing this feat.
Most of the time, VPN services tend to work only on their pricing page so that they can get the BUY from the visitor.
The Features page is also unique in the sense that it offers users precise and accurate information about the way Windscribe has implemented its encryption technologies.
There is also a Downloads page.
As the name suggests, this page shows the user all the download options.
And just like the Features page, this page is pretty well organized as well.
It provides all the software applications that the user may need in order to get set up with Windscribe VPN.
Windscribe VPN has VPN client available for the majority of platform available in the market.
Perhaps this is a good time to mention that the Blackberry option that Windscribe mentions on its site is actually labeled as a just-kidding option.
In other words, Windscribe VPN does not have a custom VPN client for the Blackberry smartphone.
This isn’t something strange though.
Because throughout the official website, Windscribe VPN gives off a scent of this wacky sense of good old humor.
To take an example, Windscribe VPN makes no secret of the fact that the company would plant a single tree for each dollar that users spent on the company’s service IN MINECRAFT.
Of course, ideally one would want Windscribe VPN to take into account people for other cultures and countries who don’t have English as their native language and may not know what Minecraft is.
Overall though, we think it is pretty harmless.
Some feel that it shows the pleasant side of this VPN service provider.
Generally speaking, that may be the case.
The obvious advantage of this approach is that it makes Windscribe VPN website along with their emails just a touch bit more fun to actually read.
Coming back to the Downloads page and users should see that it also provides them with resources on how to install Windscribe VPN on various WiFi routers.
These routers include DD-WRT and Tomato routers.
The Downloads page also has a link for users from where they can directly buy a pre-configured VPN router.
There is also a Config Generators section.
What does this section do?
This section enables Windscribe VPN subscribers to actually setup various config files for SOCKS5 Proxy, IKEv2, and OpenVPN settings.
Towards the end of the page, Windscribe also furnishes options for users to setup Windscribe VPN on devices such as,
- Nvidia Shield
- Amazon Fire TV
The official Windscribe VPN also comes with a blog section.
Users can access this section from the neat little menu that appears right at the bottom of any given page on the official Windscribe VPN website.
People working for the company make sure that they keep on updating the blog on a regular basis.
Most of the topics that the blog covers belong to issues such as security and privacy and other related news items.
We think that adding a blog right alongside one’s official website is a good idea.
Not just a good idea, but a useful feature.
Because it enables prospective buyers and other visitors to know more information about the company and the coming updates to the company’s service.
The blog also talks about various upcoming privacy technologies so that may help the general readership as well.
As far as different customer support options ago, Windscribe VPN offers a total of three.
These are as follows,
- An FAQ page
- Setup guides
- Support tickets
You read that right.
Windscribe VPN service does not offer users any 24/7 customer support feature such as live chat and others.
Hence, users will have to make use of the email ticketing system in order to form a communication line with the Windscribe VPN staff.
We have already alluded to the fact that the setup guides that Windscribe VPN offers are helpful.
Some say they are fantastic for beginners.
What we know is that these guides provide great details on how to go about setting up the Windscribe VPN client on all major platforms and devices.
It doesn’t matter which platform the user wants to install Windscribe VPN on, chances are that the company has a guide on how to do it.
Currently, users should face no problems in setting up Windscribe on platforms such as,
- Windows Mobile
There is even a guide to set up Windscribe VPN on a Synology NAS device.
As mentioned just now, the setup guides themselves are filled with relevant content and are detailed enough.
There is more though.
Each of these setup guides follows a clear and easy step-by-step format and presents the instruction via screenshots.
Coming to the FAQ page and it is also filled with rich content.
The FAQ page managed to cover both the basic VPN questions as well as high-tech advanced VPN queries.
Our research shows that this FAQ resource is not only honest but also is devoid of any glaring errors.
To take an example, the FAQ simply explains that the Virtual Private Network would never provide anonymity but will always provide privacy.
There is a difference between the two.
Although we agree that it is a difference that not many people on the internet seem to have a grasp of.
This approach is great.
Because it increases the trust level between the user and the VPN service.
This VPN has a great level of general knowledge.
And this gives of the impression that it knows what it is doing.
Of course, no matter how superb an FAQ or Knowledge Base section is, there is always a chance that the user would not find the answer to his/her query.
For such users, Windscribe VPN supplies them with the ticket support system.
This is a system that users can take advantage of in order to find answers even to the most obscure questions.
The official Windscribe would receive the question after the user has written the problem done and has sent a ticket to the support team.
Our research shows that there is no need to register with the site in order to use the ticket submission system.
All that the user has to do is to make up a fake WIndscribe VPN username and use that in the ticket request.
This should successfully allow the user to ask the company’s customer support some hard questions.
Our research shows that users should get a response to their question within 24 hours.
Of course, users will receive the ticket to their question almost immediately.
But the actual answer should take from anywhere between a day and a week.
Our research shows that once users have bought a subscription package and then send a slightly technical query to the company’s customer support, they should get a response from the company within a day.
In our fact-finding mission, we found that the company’s customer support is good.
But since it is not 24/7, we cannot rate it alongside what some of the best VPN service providers in the world offer to their customers.
In all fairness, why should we?
Before installing the VPN client, one first has to sign up for the VPN service.
Just like every single VPN service available in the market since the dawn of time, Windscribe VPN service makes it very easy for the user to sign up for one of its subscription packages.
The first thing that users have to go through is a prompt where they have to choose either the Unlimited or the Free plan.
If users decide to click on the Unlimited plan, then the official website will ask the user to create a new username and provide a password for that username.
Users who don’t want to provide their email to the company can do so because that slot is marked as optional.
However, users who think they will need to get some help from the company’s customer support staff should provide the company with a valid email address so that they are able to communicate effectively.
Reviewers always have to provide an email address because they want to test the company’s response times to questions.
Of course, normal users are free to provide their non-work (but valid) email address if they want to act as an unknown shopper.
Moving forward, after the user has correctly entered all the required information, the website would take the user to the official Windscribe VPN user portal.
This is where users need to come if they want to view all of their VPN usage stats such as bandwidth usage and account status.
It is at this precise stage that the user should download the official VPN client by going to the downloads area.
With that said, users should note that they have the option of downloading the official software application for the VPN from this very downloads page even if they have not paid for the VPN subscription beforehand.
Our research shows that it should not take more than a minute to complete the installation process.
After the installation process has finished, the user should be able to log in to the client via his/her credentials.
In this section, we will talk about the Windows version of the Windscribe VPN service.
We don’t have any doubts that the official VPN client for Windows should work on any modern to semi-modern Windows laptop.
As alluded to earlier, a normal laptop should not take more than a minute to install the app.
The time it takes to download the VPN client will, of course, depend on the speed of the user’s internet connection.
After the user has downloaded and installed the official VPN client for Windows, the VPN client launches on its own without any user input.
The client is simple.
This is something users will have to deal with as soon as they log in to the VPN client.
Of course, being simple does not negate the fact that the client is really easy to use and ergonomic.
The overall appearance is fairly intuitive.
And this alone is enough for beginner VPN users to get their VPN setup going without seeking any sort of permission.
The main menu of the official Windscribe VPN client enables users to toggle the actual VPN connection off or on.
This same main screen also allows users to change the location of their VPN server and activate/deactivate the present Kill Switch feature.
Again, we would like to remind users that Windscribe VPN calls its Kill Switch feature by the name of Firewall.
There is also a hamburger icon in the top left corner of the main screen.
Users can click on this icon and access different sections such as,
- Account details
When the user clicks the Preference option, the client enables access to the app’s advanced and slightly more technical settings.
These settings include,
- Kill Switch or Firewall settings
- OpenVPN options
- LAN proxy settings
- Auto connect
The latest edition of Windscribe VPN client also happens to have a secure hotspot feature.
This feature enables users to set up their own personal computer as a secured WiFi hotspot that has VPN protection.
The majority of the VPN users will never have a need to go beyond the General tab.
The General tab is where all the normal settings are.
What are these normal settings?
These are settings which allow the client to launch automatically on startup and make note of recent locations to auto-connect to them the next time the user logs in.
The General tab also shows notifications.
If a user wants to change the language of the client, then this is the place where the user needs to go.
After the General tab, there is the Connection tab.
This permits users to manage their Virtual Private Network firewall.
There is also a Proxy tab which is basically meant for more advanced VPN users.
In other words, the Proxy tab enables users to configure their network Local Area Network proxy if they happen to have one.
The final tab we want to talk about is the Debug tab.
As the name suggests, this is the tab that users need to access when they want to do tasks which sound similar to disabling IPv6 and viewing logs.
Now, readers should note that “viewing logs” isn’t something that only advanced readers need to view.
Sometimes, when the user can’t solve a VPN related problem then the user has to provide the Windscribe VPN support team with the log files so that they are able to fix the problem.
From an overall perspective, we felt satisfied with the official Windscribe VPN client.
We are confident that casual and/or beginner VPN users would appreciate the fact that the VPN client is very easy to use and understand.
On the other hand, experienced VPN users are also likely to enjoy the wide array of options and customization settings that this VPN client offers.
There are also plenty of server option choices for those who want to view the internet from the perspective of another country’s user.
The official Chrome extension.
How can someone even begin to talk about Windscribe VPN service without talking about its Chrome extension?
The Chrome extension comes in addition to the official VPN client (the desktop version).
When the user is registering, downloading and installing all that Windscribe has to offer, the company will itself prompt the user to download and install an extra web browser extension.
Users are likely to see a graphic which invites the user to install the Chrome extension after explaining to the user that the Chrome extension would give the user additional privacy perks such as,
- Tracker blocker
The Chrome extension also comes with a link generator that is pretty safe and secure.
Now, it is here that we would like to mention that the two features mentioned above work together in order to give the user a little dose of extra protection from all those unscrupulous websites which track users across the web.
So how does the Chrome extension perform?
Well, our research shows that once the user has installed the Chrome extension, the official icon of the Chrome extension will appear directly and prominently in the upper right region of the user’s web browser.
In order to log in to the Chrome extension, the user has to use the same password and username that he/she used for the Windscribe desktop VPN client.
As far as looks go, there is no doubt about the fact that the Windscribe official Chrome web extension looks pretty similar to the company’s desktop client.
The Chrome extension enables users to toggle the Windscribe VPN connection off or on in an easy manner.
Moreover, using the extension users can monitor which location they have connected to.
And as mentioned before, users can also take advantage of the Chrome extension to generate secure links.
If users switch ON the Cruise control feature then the extension would change the location of the selected VPN server to whichever country the user’s wishes to connect to.
Now, about the country list.
The country list that is offered via the Chrome extension is exactly the same that users get via the desktop client.
In other words, relatively speaking, the user is pretty much spoiled for choice.
Our research shows that the Windscribe web browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome are simply fantastic and useful additions which successfully manage to complement the official desktop VPN client of Windscribe VPN.
We know that the large majority of online users who have subscribed to the Windscribe VPN service would not want anything more than the desktop client.
After all, the VPN client provides satisfaction in its own way as it protects each and every bit of internet traffic that comes to and goes from the user’s computer.
The desktop client doesn’t just protect traffic from the user’s web browser.
It protects all traffic.
Even the one that other programs generate.
The web browser extensions play the role of providing users with more usability.
One other thing that we think is worth it on part of the reader to note is that the web browser extensions act more like proxy service instead of VPN services with full functionality.
In order to test whether Windscribe protects against leaks, one only has to connect to a server in any country (such as Canada) and then use a service like ipleak.net.
Our research shows that tools like ipleak.net will always show a single DNS address and a single IP address.
You don’t need us to tell you that it is an impressive result.
The result basically demonstrates that the official Chrome web browser extension is successfully proxying both DNS requests and web traffic.
Now let’s come to the part where we talk about Secure.link.
It is just another feature.
Albeit an interesting one.
It enables users to generate secure and short URLs to any and all websites that the user comes up with.
Using the link generator, Windscribe VPN grants the user the ability to possibly encrypt their links with the help of a password.
This ensures that no one without the required password may access the link.
In this way, generated links only go to people who they should be going to.
Such a feature is particularly handy for users who want to ship lots of links and URLs in a safe and secure manner.
With tools like Secure.link users can rest assured that no amount of tracking will be able to target the recipient of the link.
I want to know more about the Limited Plan
Let’s talk about it.
The first thing users should know about the limited plan is that this plan limits the number of servers that the user can connect to 11.
That is, 11 server locations.
Not number of VPN servers.
It also limited the monthly bandwidth to just 10 GB.
Moreover, it doesn’t work with OpenVPN config files.
However, the Limited plan does come with a built-in Firewall or Kill Switch feature.
It also permits peer-to-peer support.
And of course, the Windscribe trademark feature of unlimited devices.
Additionally, with the Limited plan users can also access streaming sites such as Netflix.
Windscribe has special servers for US Netflix that the company likes to call as Windflix servers.
Plenty of readers would have already seen the downside of the Limited plan.
But here goes a toast to redundancy.
With just a meager 10GB of bandwidth usage available per month, there is a whole a lot that the user can watch via streaming sites such as US Netflix.
In fact, in our experience, the limit of 10 GB is not even enough to carry out non-video and non-audio tasks for a month.
The nature of the internet has changed.
MBs don’t do it anymore.
Now, we think Windscribe VPN knows this.
And it only offers the Limited plan with the ability to unblock Netflix because it wants to advertise and show to the user how well its US Netflix servers work.
The other thing we want readers to know is that the Limited Plan does come with fewer VPN server options.
But apart from that, this free version is pretty much similar to the premium or paid version of Windscribe.
Of course, we cannot neglect the fact that the 10 GB limit for a free version of a good VPN service is a pretty sweet deal if not an unbelievable deal.
There is one slight problem with the Limited plan though.
And it becomes apparent only when the user is actually using the VPN client.
The free version of Windscribe VPN service still shows the user the whole list of possible server locations via the appropriate menu.
For free users, this means that they have to scroll down quite a bit before they can see the VPN servers that Windscribe allows them to connect to.
Of course, this isn’t such a huge issue.
Because Windscribe VPN helps the user in identifying the servers that they can connect to by showing a star over the VPN server’s flag.
This star shows the user that these servers are only available to the company’s premium users.
However, Windscribe VPN would make the overall experience much better for free users (not that they have to) if they just limit the viewable server list to just the 11 VPN server that they can connect to.
Or at least show them at the top of the full list.
Additionally, our research has shown us that the free version of Windscribe VPN comes with slow VPN server speeds.
Sometimes, the speeds are extremely slow.
Users should expect even UK servers to perform slow.
Sometimes these slow VPN servers on the free version can slow down the download speed to absolute nothing even if the user has a 100 Mbps connection.
As mentioned before, in this review we will mainly talk about the performance numbers of the premium service.
There are lots of online tools for measuring speed.
The best ones are,
We believe that users who want to test out all the speeds on specific Windscribe VPN servers can do so on their own by using the tools that we have mentioned above.
The tools that we have mentioned are very reliable.
As far as speed test tools go, there aren’t any which are better.
Now you can’t just go out and use a speed tool just like that.
You have to know how to do it properly.
So first, you select a UK server and then run a speed test, because most VPN services concentrate on their UK servers for a variety of reasons.
Then you select a US server and then run the speed test again.
After that, you disconnect to any and all VPN servers and then do a speed test.
If you want to then you can also test the same server multiple times and at multiple points during a given day.
You can also add other servers such as those located in places such as the Netherland and others.
It is a good idea to test US East Coast VPN server as well.
After you get all the results, you need to average them.
And then compare the average with the speed that the internet connection gave you without any VPN service.
Then measure the difference.
Divide that with the pure internet connection speed with no VPN.
And that’s your percentage decrease in speed.
All VPN services decrease speed.
That’s just how they work.
But good VPN services decrease VPN speeds less rapidly than cheap VPN server speeds.
So what do our results show?
Our research shows that compared with the Limited plan the Windscribe Unlimited plan provides users with a lot faster VPN servers and hence speeds.
We have also come to know that the speed of Windscribe VPN servers, in general, are also very good.
This makes Windscribe close to an ideal choice for users who want to sign up for a VPN service just to stream content in HD from a platform such as Netflix and/or BBC iPlayer.
As mentioned before, expect Windscribe VPN to decrease your internet connection’s speed a little bit.
There is no way around that with any VPN service let alone Windscribe VPN.
Even with the slow down, our research shows that Windscribe should provide enough speed for users to do almost all of their data-intensive online tasks.
Our research also shows that users should expect the biggest drop in speeds when they connect to servers located in the US.
That is surprising since most VPN services concentrate on making their US servers faster.
Windscribe VPN though, has faster servers in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
With that said, it is also true that even the slowest of speeds would provide a reasonable browsing experience to users.
Now apart from fast speeds on the Unlimited plan, we are also happy to report that our research did not indicate any DNS leaks.
Users always have the option of going to ipleak.net and checking them out on their own.
As far as our investigation goes, users should not expect any WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) or DNS leaks.
Now, users don’t need to worry about IPv6 leaks because the majority of internet service providers don’t offer it.
This is also a good time to mention that even though our research shows that Windscribe VPN does protect the user against all types of leaks, users themselves would do well if they regularly keep checking for leaks just to make certain that their VPN service is alive and kicking.
As mentioned before as well, Windscribe VPN service offers software applications for pretty much every major platform that users can buy and/or install on their machine.
Let’s list out the platforms that the official Windscribe VPN supports at the time of writing this review.
- Torrent clients
- WiFi Routers
- Mobile phones
- Windows Mobile
- Web browsers
As you can see, everything is covered.
Users would also do well to bear in mind that they can use VPN protection for other devices such as Smart TVs and consoles by simply installing a VPN service on their computer machine and/or Wifi router.
If the user can make his/her way to the setup guides section on the official Windscribe website, then there is plenty of information there for the user on how to set up Windscribe VPN on Nvidia Shield, Kodi and Amazon Fire TV.
With all of that, we think that the user would have to work really hard to find an internet-enabled device which doesn’t work with Windscribe.
One other thing that users should note here is that it is entirely possible for them to purchase a WiFi router which is pre-flashed with Windscribe VPN.
What are these pre-flashed routers?
These are routers which already have VPN software installed on them.
They work via the usual Plug and Play principle.
Anyone who wants to protect his/her devices (all of them) with as less pain and fuss as possible, should purchase a pre-flashed VPN router.
What about Windscribe on Mobile?
Users have the option of installing Windscribe VPN on Android and iOS devices.
The list, as mentioned above, also includes Windows Mobile.
Many VPN services have dedicated applications for Android and iOS devices.
That isn’t anything special.
What is special is that Windscribe VPN also has support for Windows Mobile.
Very few VPNs have compatibility with this platform.
Moreover, even the ones that do support Windows Mobile platform aren’t able to do so over OpenVPN via OpenVPN config files.
Most of these services have to rely on third-party OpenVPN clients and OpenVPN configuration files in order to offer their VPN services to Windows Mobile users.
Windscribe VPN team has done a tremendous job of ensuring Windows Mobile support.
In the process of doing so, this VPN service provider has covered bases that very few other VPN services dare to cover.
To download a VPN client for any of the platforms that we have mentioned above, the user has to go to the Downloads page of the official website.
As explained earlier, the mobile version of Windscribe VPN looks and feels and work pretty much the same as the company’s official desktop VPN client.
The Android and iOS versions prompt the user to log in after the user has launched the appropriate application.
From that point onwards, the user just needs to tap the big Off/On button that appears on the screen to start their VPN connection.
The apps also buttons for server selection.
Windscribe VPN offers IKEv2 as the default encryption on the iOS platform.
If users want to use OpenVPN with iOS then they will need to download and install a reputable third-party OpenVPN VPN connect client in order to form a stable connection to Windscribe servers via OpenVPN on a given iOS internet-enabled device.
- Windflix servers unblock US and UK streaming services without any problems
- Unlimited simultaneous device connections
- Plenty of payment options
- Free version available
- Compatibility for almost all platforms
- Extra features available via web browser extension
- 50 VPN server locations for subscribers of Unlimited Plan.
- Excellent OpenVPN encryption
- For faster speeds, IKEv2 is available but only in beta version on Mac and Windows
- Well organized website
- Customer support is good.
- Lack of live chat feature
- Doesn’t allow users to share accounts but there are ways around that.
- VPN service is based in Canada.
Of course, a true zero-log policy would guard against that.
- Unusable free service because of mightily slow speeds
Let’s make it short.
Windscribe is a relatively new VPN service provider that is based in Canada.
It has a transparent mode of conduct and is very conscious about user privacy.
These are the two benchmarks for any legit VPN service.
Winscribe is an above average VPN service that also offers a free edition.
Though it is slow.
But it will at least allow users to access new sites and apps which are blocked.
After all, one cannot really complain about something that comes for free.
The free edition can act as a free resource.
The premium version will definitely allow people to get rid of geographic restrictions and censorship tools.
Users who involve themselves with data-intensive tasks regularly such as streaming ant eh like should ignore the free version and go straight to the Unlimited version.
When compared with the free plan, the official WIndscribe Unlimited plan is not only fast, but also more versatile.
It really feels like a premium subscription plan.
With that said, it is true that the performance of its US server did not impress us.
It had faster European servers, which is a bit of an anomaly.
Regardless, all servers looked ready and set for HD streaming.
This VPN service costs very low if the user takes advantage of the discounts that are available.
Our general feeling is that this VPN service has come into existence as a result of a well thought out plan.
The engineers behind the service have designed it as well as possible.
It has all the features one could need from a VPN service and it is easy to use.
Because of the fact that it makes use of OpenVPN encryption, the user’s privacy is ensured at all times.
Our recommendation is that users should definitely give this VPN service a try.
- Good speed
- Works with Netflix
- Unlimited simultaneous connections
- good compatibility options
- free version is slow
- no live chat
- based in Canada