Windscribe VPN Review: Unlimited Connections

Windscribe is a VPN based in Richmond Hill, just outside of Toronto, Canada. While known for its generous free plan, Windscribe also offers a variety of affordable paid plans to suit every need. This VPN also boasts a comprehensive set of features, some of which really stand out from the crowd.

Pricing

Windscribe divides its VPN offerings into a free tier and a ‘Pro’ paid tier. The free tier has a data cap, while all paid plans feature unlimited data, giving an obvious incentive to upgrade.

Windscribe’s free tier provides a generous 10GB of data that gets reset each month, which is more than most other free VPNs. While there is no free trial for the paid tiers, the free plan effectively stands in for this, and gives prospective buyers a good feel for the service. Limitations of the free offering include users being restricted to servers in only 10 countries, and the requirement of providing an email address to set up the account.

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Moving up to Windscribe’s Pro tier means you can access all its servers in over 50 countries, and also gives you unlimited data, which is essential for anything other than the most casual use when it comes to streaming media. The monthly plan costs $9.00 (about £7) per month, which is reasonable. The better deal, which saves you 55%, is the ‘Yearly Plan’ which requires an annual commitment with a single payment of $49 (about £38), and works out to a downright inexpensive cost of $4.08 (about £3.12) per month. There is no lifetime plan.

Additionally, there’s the option to build a custom plan at $1.00 (about £0.77) per location per month, for those who have more specific needs when it comes to server location. Under the ScribeForce umbrella, there is also the option to build a plan for a team of users at $3.00 (about £2.30) per user per month.

Payment can be made via a major credit card, PayPal, bitcoin, or Paymentwall.

Features

Windscribe is a capable VPN service which delivers more than you might expect in many areas. You get clients for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux, for instance, as well as Chrome, Firefox and Opera extensions, along with guides for manually setting up the service on routers, Kodi and more. The Windows desktop software is nicely streamlined, and on the free tier it has a simple counter to show how much is left of your monthly data allowance.

The server network is a good size with locations in 110 cities spread across over 60 countries. While this sounds great on paper, real-world testing highlighted some problems. Connection times could be slow, and although performance was generally good, some long-distance servers barely managed a crawl.

There's no 24/7 support, so any questions you have might not get answered for a while. Although the company does at least point out that it uses its own in-house staff, rather than outsourcing to some minimum wage worker who just reads off a script – so the reply you get will hopefully be worth the wait.

Windscribe’s feature set is impressive, and includes strong encryption, namely 256-bit via the AES cipher with SHA512 auth and a 4096-bit RSA key. Another standout is Windflix, which as you may have guessed is for Netflix, and tries to unlock geo-blocked content for the US and UK versions of Netflix, no matter where the user is located.

Many users choose the desktop app as this secures all network activity on the computer. However, at times it is more convenient to use Windscribe via the browser extension, and this has plenty of features as well, including the blocking of ads and trackers. There is also the ‘Cruise Control’ feature that automatically picks the best server to connect to. For advanced users, there’s also a ‘Double Hop’ feature that can route the connection through two VPN servers for an additional layer of security. Finally, ‘Timezone Spoofing’ is a neat extra which can be used to change your timezone so you more fully appear to be in the same country as the server.

This VPN also offers R.O.B.E.R.T, a cute acronym which stands for ‘Remote Omnidirectional Badware Eliminating Robotic Tool,’ and gives you granular control to block malware, phishing, botnets, adware, and trackers, thereby keeping you safer online while eliminating those pesky ads.

Windscribe addresses the concern of data privacy by stating that it keeps “no identifying logs,” and therefore cannot identify individual users based on their IP and timestamp.

Performance

Windscribe’s overall performance is quite average across the board. This includes average scores on initial connection times, latency, and both download and upload throughput. The desktop software requires resetting at times to re-establish the connection to the encrypted VPN tunnel, which can get annoying. Finally, we witnessed a rather mixed performance on website unblocking, too: we could view US Netflix, but Windscribe didn't get us access to BBC iPlayer.

Verdict and Conclusion

Windscribe doesn’t tick every VPN box, but the service does have a lot of interesting features such as a high level of encryption, malware and ad blocking baked into the software, and the unlocking of popular Netflix content. If you’re looking for a new VPN, use the free plan to find out what Windscribe can do for you.

Specs

Client software platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux; Chrome, Firefox and Opera extensions
Supported protocols: IKEv2, OpenVPN
Number of servers: 348
Number of countries: 52
Country of registration: Canada
Payment options: Credit card, PayPal, bitcoin, Paymentwall
Real name necessary? No
Encryption protocol: AES-256
Data usage: Unlimited
Bandwidth usage: Unlimited
Max. number of simultaneously connected devices: Unlimited
Customer support: Email
Privacy policy: No logging

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  • annahuangboston
    Looks like you weren't able to try the new (and very secure) IKEv2 protocol that is now available as beta to all users. Speeds are MUCH faster now. As a former PIA user, I find Windscribe's benefit/cost ratio to be MUCH better than the competition. Unlimited devices/connections is virtually unheard of in this industry. In addition, their active and vibrant Reddit (which the founder frequents) is a valuable extra advantage. I highly recommend them!
  • georgebow
    Have to agree with the comment above. The new version of their app solved all speed issues for me. WINDFLIX works great, and connects almost instantly. ExpressVPn software crashed on me daily, Windscribe was connected for almost a week now, with zero problems.
  • patricia32
    Being able to watch Netflix easily withou speed interuptions is what I love about the many windscribes features! I would recommend this vpn to anyone based on the speeds alone, not to forget the great features it also provides.
  • jessime
    Works like a charm for me! Great to see they are continuing to update their services and features, other providers just stick to what they've got. Windscribe continuyes to amaze me with their overall performance, and I'm on the free plan which is even better!
  • ltoreteleak
    A lot faster than the other VPN's i've tried, a lot more features too. Very affordable and easy to use. Speeds are good but there is room for improvement, That be said, they have improved since the last update which tells me they are continuing to monitor the overall performance of the VPN. Always a good sign!
  • davidbautistaqf
    This VPN is amazing. I have the free version, and even with that I have 16 gb of VPN usage and I don't really use that much per month (normally I use 3gb). So that's wonderful. Besides, it's easy to use with the Chrome extension and simple/fast. Great VPN.
  • ltoreteleak
    Very happy with the overall outcome of Windscribe. It was by far much better than I had expected it to be especially on the free plan, so was pleased to see good speeds and all the extra features work. Very handy to have on your desktop and mobile phone.
  • k.
    Great for people on the go such as travellers. Easily lets you access geo restricted websites and Netflix! Can't live without that :) Worth the investment especially seeing as you aren't tied to just one device.
  • mark_887797
    Windscribe HAS a kill switch, it's called "FIREWALL". As far as speeds go, they're quite dismal. Support tends to remain silent on major issues and discreetly remedies them in the background, sometimes not at all. There's major inconsistency between features in their Chrome extension and client. Windscribe is ok for what you pay when there's a promotion. However, don't expect reliability with this VPN because servers go up and down.
  • lark09
    A lot better than the over vpns i've tried out. I think Windscribe has a lot of potential in becoming one of the best VPN's out there in history. So many cool features plus the servers are great, and the speeds. It may be a little bit more expensive than your average vpn, but you definitely get what you pay for with Windscribe.
  • melissavwes
    Big fan of windscribe. First started using it in 2017 when it was pretty new, now, i've upgraded and am still a big fan of theirs. Great speeds, features, security, and customer service has improved a ton since when they first opened up. It's a great VPN to have on all your devices even if you don't use the different servers. The features such as the cookie monster, and ad and tracker blockers alone are a good enough reason to have this installed!
  • James_Byone
    Windscribe is a great vpn and one I'd definitely recommend for both newbies and professional VPN users. The number of locations and services available are incredible, all which function well with reliable speeds. If you're looking for more information, I'd recommend visiting their website as they have a lot of great info there. Good luck!
  • NittenM
    Is this VPN for free? I would like to try this one. Thanks!
  • PatrickStar
    Quote:
    Is this VPN for free? I would like to try this one. Thanks!

    Hi! Yea they have a free version which is actually pretty cool. You don't get as many locations and servers, plus your data allowance is pretty small, but, you get all the same features and security settings, and it's a great way to start off using windscribe and then later on decide if you want to go pro and invest. Personally, I'd sign up for pro (even if it's after you try out the free plan) as Windscribe has some really good speeds and features that I haven't been able to compare to any other VPN. Hope that helps! :)
  • codyteddy
    Been actually looking for a free VPNS that are compatible with Mac and I found suggestions like VPN Gate, and BetterGate here. Didn't know you could try a free version on Windscribe but now I'm glad I came across this thread. Your comments makes me want to break away from my cheapskate plan of getting a free VPN software. I'll try the Windscribe, maybe the free version and if it wows me, I'll decide if I'mm willing to pay for it.