In this Windscribe review you will learn:
- Whether a VPN can be cheap and fast at the same time.
- O.B.E.R.T: What’s that, and what does it do.
- What users think of the performance of Windscribe VPN.
- Whether Windscribe safe or “take your browsing history to your grave”.
Use the navigation below to access the chapters of this Windscribe VPN review:
- Windscribe VPN: Unique Benefits and Features
- Pros and Cons of Windscribe VPN
- Windscribe VPN: Benefits and Features Tests
- Windscribe VPN: Speed and Security Tests
- Windscribe VPN: Frequently Asked Questions
- Windscribe VPN user reviews
|Windscribe VPN pros||Windscribe VPN cons|
|⊕ Affordable plans and pricing||⊗ Slow support service and no online chat|
|⊕ No logs||⊗ Could be faster|
|⊕ Unblocks Netflix|
|⊕ Connecting an unlimited number of devices with one account|
|⊕ Allows torrenting|
|⊕ Amazing Encryption Features|
|⊕ R.O.B.E.R.T blocker|
|⊕ Cruise Control|
Windscribe impressed me a lot! The provider has successfully passed all the tests and proved that you can use the VPN without worrying about the fact that your data could be monitored by your ISP. It will easily bypass all the locks and allow you to enjoy content unavailable in your country. It has at least 4 servers (if we speak about a PRO plan) that work with Torrent and Netflix, so download as much as you want and no one will know about it.
Windscribe VPN is a relatively new provider that was launched in 2016 but has already managed to catch users` interest, due to its cheapness and good security level.
It offers two tools: a desktop application and a browser extension. The application creates an encrypted tunnel from a computer to a virtual server, so that all your Internet activity is hidden. The browser extension is a “lite VPN client” that blocks various social widgets and trackers, which are embedded into many websites. They recommend using both instruments to improve your chances to stay anonymous.
My main concerns were related to the fact that the provider is located in Canada, Ontario. Canada is a `5 Eyes` member and does not care much about the privacy of its citizens on the Internet. It is not a piece of good news for those who seek complete anonymity, although the provider promises to delete all logs right after a session is completed.
It offers more than 100 servers in 60 countries – good enough for a cheap VPN. Unlike other providers that actually have more servers, almost all are located in Europe or America, Windscribe has servers all around the globe.
Although Windscribe has mediocre upload and download speed for servers located close to where I am and remote servers as well (as you can see it from the speed tests), it perfectly hides your IP address and does not allow neither IP nor DNS leaks. Moreover, it has special servers for Netflix and perfectly works with Torrents.
The provider offers almost the same features as other VPNs do and even more: IP hiding, Firewall for additional protection, Cruise Control, Double Hop, and the unique R.O.B.E.R.T. feature that allows you selectively blocks malware and ads.
What is Windsribe? It is a set of tools intended for safeguarding your privacy online. Straight from the homepage, it states “Browse the web privately as it was meant to be.” This lovely statement perfectly reflects everyday realities. And what the provider meant by this that it will protect our devices from any cyber threats, our IP from unexpected leaks, and our data from prying eyes. Well, check it out.
It’s time to tell you about the pros and cons of the VPN provided by Windscribe. These peculiarities I was able to identify during testing.
Available plans and pricing
Like many other providers, for example, NordVPN, it offers a free plan. If you sign up with your email, you will get 10 GB of free bandwidth a month, and 2 GB if you don`t. I hasten to add that if you want to use Windscribe for free, you have to face some restrictions such as the limited amount of servers (no more than 10). But still, it is better than nothing.
So, if you want to get access to all locations, be able to generate custom IKEv2, SOCKS5 and OpenVPN configurations and receive an unlimited amount of bandwidth, you`d better upgrade to a commercial plan.
Prices are cheap! Monthly billing is $ 9, and for a year – $ 49 (for instance – the annual plan of Express VPN is $ 99). Moreover, they give fancy discounts for students to make the secure Internet even more affordable.
A distinctive feature is providing the opportunity to create your personal plan. A brand new “Build A Plan” scheme allows you to choose only locations you need and save your budget. One location – $1. The only condition – you have to select at least 2 locations.
Windscribe keeps no logs
Long-term logging is limited, but the system collects some details during the session: time of connection, a user name that a server is connected to, bandwidth transferred, and a number of connected devices. All that information is lost when a session closes, do you remember?
Windscribe unlocks Netflix
It’s no secret that Netflix content is geo-restricted, and a list of available movies and TV shows depends on where your ISP is located. Moreover, not all VPNs can bypass this restriction, since there is a complex algorithm that identifies those who use a proxy or VPN.
Therefore, I subjected different locations of Windscribe VPN to a series of tests. And that is the case. No wonder I was embarrassed by the fact that there was not a single word about Netflix on the main page of the Windscribe website. As a rule, the ability to bypass Netflix restrictions is something to be proud of. So, when I tried to access Netflix using the available US locations, I was greeted with a frustrating streaming error message. None of the free servers do work with Netflix.
A Pro version that`s a different story. Here is the “WindFlix Location” option available that allows you to get access to Netflix without any problems (the function is inaccessible with a free limited Windscribe plan).
Look what I told about other VPNs, which are suitable for Netflix in my ”Best VPN for Netflix” article.
Read more about how I tested Netflix using Windscribe VPN.
Windscribe allows torrenting
Yes, it does allow torrenting when you set up a SOCKS5 proxy in your uTorrent client. I bring to your attention that SOCKS5 traffic is unencrypted. What does it mean? It means that your ISP identifies you when you are torrenting. The best way to prevent snooping by your provider is to combine SOCKS5 and the Always-On Firewall feature.
How to do it correctly? There is the answer on the Windscribe website.
Connecting many devices with one account
Regardless of which plan you use: paid or free, you will benefit from the provider. Windscribe can connect an unlimited number of devices with a single account. Unlike most other providers, which support the simultaneous connection of no more than 5 devices, the VPN allows you to connect an unlimited number of computers, mobile phones, laptops. This is a very convenient feature if you have a large family or a small business.
Amazing Encryption Features
The provider offers a wide range of protocols, which include OpenVPN, IKEv2 and SOCK 5. Most VPNs use OpenVPN protocol because it is fast, secure and runs almost on all platforms. WindScribe VPN provides you the access to AES – 256 cipher with SHA512 authentication on desktop apps and AES 128 GCM cipher encryption for their browsing extensions.
R.O.B.E.R.T. is advanced DNS level blocker
Remote Omnidirectional Badware Eliminating Robotic Tool is one of those features that will be available only if you upgrade to a paid Pro edition. The R.O.B.E.R.T. allows you to block exactly the content that either slows down the loading speed, or bothers you, or possess a threat to your system, or you may possibly do not like. To configure the function, you need to go back to your account and click on the tab. Then you simply have to mark the category of content that you want to block.
Windscribe Cruise Control
Cruise Control is a unique Windscribe feature that automatically connects you to the best server that is closest to you to maintain a fast connection and automatically switches among the locations in order to bypass geo-restricted content.
3-Day Money Back Guarantee
The good thing about the provider is that they will give your money back within 3 days if for some reason a paid version didn`t please you. However, most of its features can be tested using a free plan. Besides, prices are quite affordable and will not hit the wallet.
I have already written about other cheap VPNs in one of my reviews. If you a miser, you should definitely read it.
Sluggish Support Service and no online chat
If you have some difficulties during using the VPN, you`d better address to self-help section first. There you are likely to find all the needed information. If you don`t, well… you should not even hope that the support might help you. They have a ticket-based system that may take several days to get a response. Moreover, neither online chat nor phone support is provided. That`s sad…
What puzzled me most about the support that is using a chatbot. This slightly old-fashioned feature has to be useful for some easy questions. I decided to test it and ask `Garry` about the number of servers that the provider has.
Well, it is a pretty good answer for a chatbot. Nevertheless, a lack of enthusiasm for users’ concerns is one of the main disadvantages of the VPN.
Windscribe could be faster!
Windscribe demonstrates average speed results, especially for services that are not far from you. And speed tests proved that. But when you connect to a server that is distant from where you are, upload speed significantly decreases. However, I hasten to add that download speed is mediocre but satisfactory (even for distant services).
Windscribe VPN is compatible with many operating systems and platforms:
- Amazon Fire TV;
- NVidia Shield;
Making VPNs reviews for a long time, I spotted that most users` complaints are related to interfaces of these services, so they simply can`t figure out where to click and what to open. So I decided to download Windscribe VPN and identify how friendly its interface is.
Test 1: How to download and use Windscribe?
Downloading and installing the VPN is the easiest thing in the world. All you need is:
- Choose a plan.
- Create an account.
- Click the “download” button in the upper right corner.
- Select the tool you want to install (you cannot install both tools at the same time). I chose the application for Windows.
- Launch an installing process (it takes no more than a minute).
- Open the application.
The list of locations in the PRO version is impressive. It includes more than 100 servers, so choosing the best one for your needs is not a problem.
After installing the application, you will be asked to set up a browser extension for ultimate Internet protection. It is foolish to refuse because it is free. Moreover, some functions, such as Secure.link and R.O.B.E.R.T. work only with the collaboration «application + browser extension».
Therefore, I installed the Windscribe Chrome extension as well. For that purpose, I clicked the “add to Chrome” button in the opened window.
The download starts automatically and takes only a few seconds. After installation, a Windscribe icon will appear in the upper right corner of your browser. That`s it! Do you see how easy it is to download Windscribe VPN?
I found the interface of the VPN app for Windows quite intuitive and user-friendly.
Moreover, if you have some questions, you always may contact their online support.
The provider does not have a great number of servers that could connect to Netflix. There are only four of them – the Windflix servers for the USA, Canada, Japan, and the UK.
I connected to the US Windflix server to get access to American Netflix.
Then I tried to download the “Amanda Knox” movie, which is available only in the United States and as you can see in the screenshot, I succeeded.
Test 2: Does It Work with Torrents?
The provider connects to torrents only via a SOCKS5 proxy. I am glad that they have provided the uTorrent Setup Guide for those who want to download torrents using VPN. Step-by-step instructions will help everybody to understand the algorithm.
I tried to download a torrent through the Canadian server. Everything worked, only the download speed was slow, as it seemed to me.
Conclusion: Torrenting using Windscribe is possible, but you must set up your utorrent configuration first.
To find out how fast the provider’s servers, I tested two types of them:
- Servers located close to my location (European).
- Servers located far away from my location.
At first, I measured my Internet connection speed without the VPN, using www.speedtest.net. The download speed was 74.64 Mbps and upload – 78.61 Mbps.
Then I chose the server located relatively close to where I am. This was the Polish server. And here are the results of its testing:
As you can see, there is a loss of speed, but it is not as significant as I expected. Of course, I would not include this provider to my list of the fastest VPNs 2020, but neither I can`t identify it as the slowest one.
Here are the test results of other European services:
It’s time to choose a location that is far away from where I actually am. Therefore, I have chosen one of the American Servers.
Although the upload speed has dropped to a minimum, the download speed is kept at an acceptable level.
Now check the service designed specifically for Netflix – Windflix, which is also located in the US.
As you can see, its speed results are slightly higher than the common American server has. Therefore, it is no sense to expect that a special streaming server will allow you to upload videos against the clock.
Is Windscribe trustworthy?
You must admit that the main reason why people install a VPN is to ensure security during Internet sessions. To be sure, the whole VPN concept is based on trust. So, let’s check how securely Windscribe VPN hides your IP from your ISP.
How did I check it?
At first, I need to get to know my real IP address. Then I enabled several servers to identify whether or not IP leaks take place.
Note: If you see the IP or DNS of your ISP during IP Leak tests, it means that the VPN does not protect your location and Internet Provider can see where you are and everything you do when online.
Here are the results of the IP and DNS Leak test for the Windscribe US server.
Conclusion: the VPN reliably hide your IP and does not allow your Internet Provider to see where you are and what you are up to on the Internet. Windscribe VPN is absolutely trustworthy.
Of course, you can find a lot of reviews on the Best Reddit VPNs or from any other sources, but nevertheless, users have some unusual questions and the answers are often lost on the Internet. Here are the most common questions:
No, it does not. It no longer selling a lifetime subscription (since January 2019).
Double Hop means a combined use of the desktop application and browser extension. It allows routing your request via two locations: one location in the app, and another – in the extension. That is an additional measure of precaution which provides enhanced anonymity.
Actually, yes. But it calls a Firewall there. This tool is designed to disconnect you from the Internet if encrypted connection accidentally drops out. It prevents IP and data interception by your ISP.
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