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Windscribe Review


By: Matt | Last updated November 16, 2018


PROS:
  • Free plan
  • Unlimited number of connections/account
  • Firewall included
  • Fast
  • Secure
  • Unblocks Netflix
CONS:
  • No kill switch
  • Not the greatest coverage outside Europe and US
  • Customer support leaves room for improvement
SUMMARY:

Windscribe is a Canadian VPN provider that offers both free and paid plans. It has over 500 servers in almost 100 countries worldwide, it offers unlimited connections, great security and it has support for basically all types of devices.


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Windscribe is a VPN provider from Canada, which offers both free and paid plans to its customers. The company is relatively new on the market and it is based in Ontario.

In spite of being a young provider with less servers than major competitors, Windscribe has managed to make a good impression thanks to its free plan and above average performance.

Windscribe has a free plan and two paid plans: a monthly and a yearly plan.

The free plan has a decent data limit of 10GB per month and lets you connect to servers in 11 countries, although Windscribe has a total number of over 500 servers, spread in more than 50 countries worldwide. Also, in order to benefit from the 10GB/month, you have to provide your e-mail address. If you refuse to do so, that limit drops to just 2GB/month.

Another benefit also included in the free plan is the Windscribe firewall.

Compatibility

Windscribe works with Windows (Windows XP and up), macOS (OS X 10.8 and newer) and Linkux systems. You’ve also got mobile apps for iOS, Android devices and Amazon Fire. Windscribe also has browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome and Opera. Paying customers can also set up routers using Windscribe.

Security and privacy

When it comes to protocols, by default, Windscribe uses IKEv2/IPsec for Windows, Mac and iOS devices and OpenVPN for Android devices. This VPN lacks PPTP and L2TP support.

Windscribe uses 256-bit encryption for desktop devices and AES 128 for browser extensions.

Windscribe also uses a firewall to eliminate the risk of data leaks.

This VPN provider doesn’t keep any logs on users. They do store the ‘total amount of bandwidth consumed in 1 month period‘, but that is just to monitor the data amount for their free users. They will reset everything after a month, on the day of your registration.

Features

One of the things that make Windscribe stand out is the fact that they allow unlimited connections. That is an impressive feature, considering that most providers limit you to 5 or 7 connections/account.

Another perk for premium users is the unlimited bandwidth and access to all their 500 servers in over 100 countries worldwide. When it comes to server locations, most of them are in Europe and US, but they also have servers in Asia (not China though), Australia, New Zeeland, Africa and South America, although coverage isn’t great.

Another feature available to paying customers is access to their WIndflix servers, which are located in the US and UK. Windflix was developed for streaming Netflix and as far as we know, it works really well. Also on the subject of streaming services, Windscribe also works with BBC iPlayer, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.

P2P torrenting is allowed although there will be severs which can’t be used for such activities. You’ll see them clearly marked.

All in all, Windscribe is a great VPN provider to consider and it offers great features to both their paying and non-paying customers. While Windscribe may not have as many years on the market as some major, reputable VPN providers out there, it does bring to the table some really appealing features.

Windscribe has a free plan and 2 paid plans. The paid plans are a monthly and an annual one.

The monthly plan is billed at $9/month, but if you subscribe for the annual plan, you’ll pay $49/year, which means around $4.08/month.

As for payment options, Windscribe accepts all the major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), PayPal, Paymentwall and Bitcoin payments.

When it comes to speed, Windscribe is pretty impressive. While it isn’t the fastest VPN on the market, it managed to obtain great scores in terms of downloading speed and has no latency issues. Uploading speed is not that impressive, but it is not bad either. On European servers, Windscribe reached 60-65Mbps (download speed) and on US servers, 35Mbps. However, results weren’t as satisfactory when it came to their Australian, Asian or New Zeeland servers.

Overall though, Windscribe is really competitive when it comes to performance.

Live chat

Ticket system: https://windscribe.com/support/ticket

Customer support is not Windscribe’s greatest strength. While there is a live chat option, they use bots for customer support. Another way to go is to submit a ticket.


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