# of Servers
300
Server Locations
60
Price Per Month (From)
$4.08
Free Trial
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8.5/10
Informr score
Windscribe currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 24 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Windscribe offers one of the best free VPNs on the market. And while it might not be the fastest, it offers a slew of useful and customizable features for people who take their privacy seriously.

What's good

  • Free 10GB plan
  • Plenty of features and customization options
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • P2P servers
  • Malware and phishing protection

What's bad

  • Average performance
  • No live chat or direct email support
  • Located in Canada (part of the Five Eyes surveillance program)

Who says you need to spend a lot to get a decent VPN service? Besides having a cool name, Windscribe also offers one of the most generous, feature-packed free plans on the market. But is it good enough -- and private enough -- to win out over more established companies?

Pricing

Windscribe offers a very generous free plan which includes 10GB of data. It limits you to only 10 countries and you must provide an email address to set up your account.

If you want unlimited bandwidth and the ability to connect to every country, you can opt-in for a premium plan. There’s no refund policy. But that makes sense considering the free option. That said, their month-to-month plans are expensive. However, their longer plans feature more reasonable costs.

Supported Devices

Windscribe offers official clients for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Linux. They also offer browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox. If you want to protect all the devices connected to your home internet, you can also set up Windscribe on your router.

Ease of Use

Setup is a breeze if you’re using the Windows and Mac clients or browser extensions.

However, if you want to set up your routers, steps are more complicated. Reviewers found the client straightforward and user-friendly. You can easily check server latency and change servers with a couple clicks of your mouse.

Simultaneous Connections

Windscribe doesn’t mess around with limited connections. Even with the free plan, you have unlimited connections.

Included Features

For as simple as Windscribe appears, it offers a lot of features.

Popular ones include:

  • Killswitch
  • P2P servers
  • R.O.B.E.R.T or Remote Omnidirectional Badware Eliminating Robotic Tool) -- blocks malware, phishing, botnets, adware, and trackers
  • Double Hop -- connect through two VPN servers
  • Time zone spoofing -- change your IP time zone
  • Import custom OpenVPN configuration files
  • IKEv2, OpenVPN, TCP/UDP, Stealth or WSTunnel VPN protocols

Privacy and Logging

Windscribe is located in Canada, which is part of the Five Eyes online surveillance program.

While not an ideal location for privacy, Windscribe vehemently states that they do not collect any identifying logs. What little information they collect -- such as your username and which VPN you connect to -- are only stored on the VPN server’s RAM. This means the information is cleared once you close your session.

Windscribe also releases a Transparency Report to further prove their stance on privacy and security. It states, “Exactly zero requests were complied with due to lack of relevant data.”

Reviewers also put the client through its paces and found no IP or DNS leaks.

Performance

This is the one area where Windscribe falls short. As a smaller VPN, they only have a few servers across a handful of countries. This was an issue for some reviewers who experienced frequent server outages.

To make matters worse, speeds failed to impress most reviewers as well. Even on the closest servers, VPN performance was average at best. People who want to download or stream should be perfectly fine. However, reviews note the service would not be ideal for competitive gamers.

Customer Support

Windscribe’s beefy support site is the first place you should go to if you run into issues. If you still can’t solve your issue, you can contact support directly via a chatbot. There’s no way to email support directly, though can raise a ticket on their site.

Windscribe doesn’t make any promises for support request time frames. Why? As they state on their site, “As we are a relatively small company, we’re unable to provide support 24/7…”

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Summary

Windscribe isn’t perfect, but it offers a respectable list of features and an outstanding free tier.

Toms Guide states, “Windscribe doesn’t tick every VPN box, but the service does have a lot of interesting features…”

PC World adds, “Windscribe is a good VPN service... What really sets Windscribe apart, however are the extras…”


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

Windscribe doesn't have the best support, but that won't be an issue for everyone. Mostly it's a great VPN, and a generous free plan makes it easy to try the service for yourself. Go check it out immediately.

- Mike Williams, TechRadar
Tom's Guide

Windscribe competes strongly with the best VPNs available today, acing our performance tests, offering advanced customization, and including a generous free plan. However, customer support is somewhat lacking, so if you have any problems you might be waiting a while for help.

- Richard Sutherland, Tom's Guide
TechJury

There is much to like about Windscribe – a free version, good speed, security, and the ability to bypass geo-restrictions successfully. Yet, while writing my Windscribe VPN review, I couldn’t get over the fact it was based in Canada. After all, the reason for using a VPN is to be anonymous, and here...

- Nick G., TechJury
Make Use Of

If you’re looking for a fast VPN with the best available encryption, consider using Windscribe VPN. It operates quietly in the background and requires little interaction. While the Five Eyes issue might be a concern, the customer service is good and the logging policy clear. The lack of region block...

- Christian Cawley, Make Use Of
IT Pro

Windscribe has one of the most generous free plans in the industry and an abundant premium plan. The free subscription is more than enough for normal private browsing, while the premium one provides a comprehensive VPN experience at flexible pricing.

- Anthony Spadafora, IT Pro

Details


Overview
Headquarters Canada
Pricing/Sign Up
Starting Price (per Month) $4.08
Plans and Pricing Visit Site
Free Trial No
Money Back Guarantee 3 Days
Payment Options Credit Cards, PayPal, Bitcoin
ID Required Valid email address
Features
Server Locations (# of Countries) 60
Number of Servers 300 +
Devices Per License Unlimited
Simultaneous Connections Unlimited
Unlimited Bandwidth Yes
Double-Hop / Double VPN Yes
Accesses Netflix Yes
P2P / Torrenting Allowed Yes
Accepts Bitcoin Yes
Non-US Company Yes
Protected
Protocols IKEv2, OpenVPN
Encryption AES-256, RSA-4096
No Logs / No Tracking Yes
Dedicated IP Available Yes
VPN Over Tor Yes
Wi-Fi Leak Protection No
Private DNS Server No
DNS Leak Protection Yes
IP Leak Protection Yes
WebRTC Leak Protection Yes
IPv6 Leak Protection Yes
Kill Switch Yes
Supported Platforms
Operating Systems Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Linux, Android
Mobile App Yes
Router Yes
Browser Extension Yes
Customer Support
24/7 Support No
Live Chat Support No
Telephone Support No
Email Support Yes
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Wind Scribe

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