Windscribe is a VPN provider from Canada/Ontario that has managed to become a popular option thanks to its free plan. Windscribe has both paid and free plans.
Windscribe offers two plans, a Free one and a Pro one, which is subscription-based.
The paid plan offers three options:
- Monthly billing, at a price of $9 per month
- Yearly billing, priced at $49 per year ($4.08 per month)
- The ‘Build a plan’ option, with which you’ll be billed $1 per location, per month
As we’ve already mentioned it, one of the biggest selling points for Windscribe VPN is the fact that it offers a free plan, for an unlimited period of time. Of course, as it should be expected, the free plan has its limitations: there’s a data limit of 10GB per month and you only get access to 10 servers of the total number of 500, available with Windscribe Pro. The free plan lets you connect to servers in United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway and Romania.
There is also a catch regarding the 10GB limit. You have to provide your e-mail address in order to benefit from those 10GB, otherwise your limit drops at only 2GB per month.
The Pro plan gives you access to all 500 servers owned by Windscribe, which are located in more than 50 countries worldwide. In addition to the servers available with the free plan, Windscribe also has servers in a lot of other European countries, in Japan, Australia, New Zeeland, South Africa, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, South America and Central America, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam.
When it comes to available apps, Windscribe is quite versatile and works on Windows (XP and newer), macOS (OS X 10.8 and newer), iOS, Android, Amazon Fire. There are also available extensions for Firefox, Chrome and Opera, to cover all the major browsers.
Is Windscribe secure? How about your privacy?
This VPN uses 256-bit military-grade encryption for desktop devices and 128-bit encryption for browser extensions. There is also a firewall and support for two protocols: IKEv2/IPsec (default for Macs, iOS and Windows devices) and OpenVPN (default for Android mobile devices).
As far as privacy goes, Windscribe has a no-logs policy, so you’re safe.
One of the biggest selling points of this VPN, aside from its free plan, is the fact that it allows unlimited simultaneous connections. This is a rare privilege not even paid VPN providers offer that often. With most VPNs, you’re lucky if you get 5 to 7 simultaneous connections.
Other notable features:
- Unlimited bandwidth with the Pro plan
- Windflix server access for its paid customers (Windflix was developed for streaming Netflix) and the ability to unlock other geo-restricted platforms such as Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer
- Windscribe allows torrenting on some of its servers
Performance is another impressive quality with this Canadian VPN. Tests revealed great speeds, both in upload and download, especially on their European servers. The slowest speeds were registered on their Australian, New Zeeland and Asian servers.
Overall, Windscribe is a really competitive product, that has a lot to offer for both paying customers and for those who just need to use a VPN occasionally.