Windscribe VPN Review
This newcomer to the VPN industry has made waves ever since its emergence thanks to its privacy policies and exceptional encryption. This Canada-based service already boasts good connection speeds and reasonable prices. Windscribe offers you a selection of over 50 different servers all over the world and is a very inclusive service in terms of its device and operating support.
The new kid on the block already offers several attractive features and has an overall service that is only likely to improve with age.
Pricing and Plans
Windscribe offers both free and paid subscription plans. While it does place emphasis on its free option, it seems clear that this option was designed in an effort to convince subscribers to upgrade to the paid services option. While the free option does provide some helpful services, it is very restrictive in many respects.
The paid service, however, is comprehensive and can be billed either monthly or annually.
Like the majority of VPN services, subscribers get rewards for committing for longer periods of time. While the annual billing price is $49 ($4.08 per month), the monthly billed option is more than double at $9 per month.
Winscriber accepts payments from all major credit and debit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. The service also accepts bitcoin.
Free trial and money back guarantee
Windscribe does not offer any free trial periods or a money back guarantee. Which is perhaps not so alarming considering that they do offer a free version of their service that should give users ample opportunity to test the product before committing to it.
In a series of independently performed speed tests, researchers tested Windscribe’s speed using speedtest.net. With the speed tests conducted from the UK, the researchers connected to different servers all over the world, including those located in the Netherlands and the US, specifically located in New York.
Interestingly, the tests proved that the paid Windscribe services were much faster than the free service.
However, the speeds on the paid service were far above average, and even excellent. The speeds are definitely conducive to streaming content in HD, without interruption.
There was a notable drop in speed that was observed in the US servers, especially compared to servers located in the Netherlands and the UK.
Despite this, Windscribe provides its users with excellent speeds and no detected DNS leaks.
Downloading and installing the client is a quick and easy process. After installing, the client launches automatically, which presents the user with a very user-friendly interface.
The client was designed to be easy to navigate. The sleek and thoughtful design is intuitive and likely to appeal to VPN newbies and veterans alike.
On the client main screen, a user can easily control settings like the simple VPN on/off switch, kill switch settings, as well as the server location.
However, the client allows you to do so much more. By navigating to other settings, such as Support, Account, or Preferences, the user can easily manage every single detail of their VPN experience.
The client settings provide a very comprehensive control over the VPN. In addition, it offers the “Debug” settings option that the user can navigate to for viewing logs, or disable IPv6.
Windscribe offers users a selection of servers located in over 50 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria. The wide variety in server location is bound to give the user ample choice when it comes to content. In addition, the client makes it easy to switch between servers at will.
Privacy and anonymity
The fact that Windscribe is based in Canada might be alarming to several prospective subscribers, and rightfully so as Canada is a member of the Five Eyes surveillance agreement. In addition, the CSIC has a well-documented history of illegally gathering data of Canadian citizens.
Legislation in Canada states that any ISP must keep logs which can be handed over to the authorities in the event of them being issued a search warrant. This political context is certainly not an ideal environment for a VPN service provider.
Windscribe managed to find the perfect middle ground between Canadian legislation and the needs of their customers. In addition, their privacy policies are easy to access and understand.
Windscribe uses OpenVPN encryption which is in line with the global standard of excellent encryption. Specifically, the service uses AES 256 encryption, which considered the very best encryption available. In addition, the company provides ample information on its encryption on their website, something which goes a long way in enhancing their transparency.
Windscribe offers its users an easy to install the extension for Google Chrome, which ensures the security of all links and has the added benefits of an ad blocker. The extension is similar in design to its client and is similarly easy to use.
Users can access help at any time using either one of the three avenues: FAQ page, setup guides, and support tickets. However, the platform does not offer a 24/7 live chat service.
Both the setup guides in FAQ pages are comprehensive and cover a wide variety of issues. However, if neither of these answers your question, you can still reach out to Windscribe using a support ticket. All support tickets receive a response within 24 hours, and while it may not be the ideal solution to provide immediate relief, the customer support is reliable, efficient, and friendly.
Windscribe provides a world-class service. Their paid plans provide a comprehensive VPN package that will likely tailor to the needs of the majority of VPN users.