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?
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.
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.
Windscribe doesn’t mess around with limited connections. Even with the free plan, you have unlimited connections.
For as simple as Windscribe appears, it offers a lot of features.
Popular ones include:
- P2P servers
R.O.B.E.R.T or Remote Omnidirectional Badware Eliminating Robotic Tool) -- blocks malware, phishing, botnets, adware,
- 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.
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.
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…”
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…”