Windscribe Review

UPDATED Mar. 2018

Windscribe is a relatively new VPN service provider based in Ontario, Canada. Its VPN software packs a nice set of nifty features and offers a high level of protection, which is why it has quickly won over a large number of users. In this Windscribe review, we will highlight all the advantages and shortcomings of this VPN.

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Windscribe has made sure the signup process is as quick and easy as possible and it does not even require an email address, which is great news, as it increases your anonymity. Once you create an account with a username and password of your choice, you need to download the software. The instructions are easy to follow and the wizard takes you through the installation process, allowing you to have the software running in minutes.

Just like the company’s website, the Windscribe client is modern, well designed, and boasts incredible functionality. Everything you need is at your fingertips and there are no unnecessary distractions. The white-on-blue color scheme is pleasant and the font is large enough. Most features come with an on/off slider button, making the app extremely simple to use.

Windscribe Interface

Performance and Reliability

Windscribe operates servers in 45 locations all over the world. These include standard server locations like the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands, but also some less common countries like Egypt, Eastern European countries, and countries in Southeast Asia. Although the servers are not that numerous, their distribution is excellent, which allows you to unlock virtually any blocked content you want to view.

The speeds are not as great as we hoped they would be. They do fall below average and rarely go above average. That being said, we have to admit that even though we expected more, we had no major issues with downloading and streaming content, regardless of the quality of the video. You may have to wait for a couple of seconds for a video to buffer, but most of the time, there should be no glitches and the experience should not be too different from the one without the use of a VPN. With the recently introduced option to directly connect to data centers in different cities, the experience should be further enhanced.

The performance is rather good and we are happy to report that we detected no DNS, IP or WebRTC leaks. Paying users get to enjoy unlimited bandwidth, which allows for carefree use, without any worries about the amount of data transferred.


Windscribe boasts great device compatibility. It works on Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10), Mac (10.8+), Linux devices that support OpenVPN, iOS (8+), and Android (4.0.3+). It can be manually configured on DD-WRT and Tomato routers with the help of tutorials on the Download page of the Windsribe website or you can purchase a preconfigured Windscribe router. You can also opt for browser extensions, which are available for Chrome, Firefox, and even Opera, which is not something you see every day.

Another amazing perk of going with Windscribe is the possibility to use the software on an unlimited number of devices with a single account. Most VPN providers allow you to use their software on up to 5 devices at most, so this is one of the great features that set Windscribe apart from the competition.

Windscribe Multiplatform


Windscribe lets you choose between 3 connection modes, making sure you can connect even if a certain port is blocked. The modes available are UDP, the default mode, TCP, the more resilient, yet slower mode, and Stealth via Stunnel as a last resort for extremely restrictive areas, such as China.

The software comes equipped with a kill switch, labeled as a firewall, with 3 modes. You can choose automatic mode as the safe choice, opt for manual if you know exactly when it should be turned on and off or pick the Always On option, which leaves you without an Internet connection when Windscribe is not active.

P2P sharing is allowed, so you can freely use torrents. Certain servers come with a crossed out P2P icon, which means they are not to be used for P2P sharing. Cruise Control is one of the special Windscribe features. It automatically chooses the optimal server for you and switches servers when necessary. Double Hop is another useful feature that allows you to connect to a second location, making it even harder to trace your traffic. However, this may slow down your connection significantly.

As one of the rare VPNs that are still working on ways to bypass US Netflix blocks, Windscribe offers its users the chance to access the expanded Netflix library from anywhere in the world by using the service’s browser extensions. Just connect to the WINDFLIX location and you should be able to view US Netflix wherever you are.

Windscribe comes with IPv6 and DNS leak protection and also offers great privacy options. These include Ad Block, Anti-Social, a feature that protects you from social network trackers, Untraceable, which removes ad beacons and trackers from the sites you visit, and Split Personality, which prevents browser fingerprinting.

Recently, the service has launched a new beta version of its app, with plenty of handy features to try out. Some of these include creating a secure WiFi hotspot and a local HTTP or SOCKS5 proxy server on your PC, the possibility to select NDIS5 TAP driver, automatic login upon signup, service notifications, and many others. Not only that, but the numerous bugs and shortcomings of previous versions have been successfully eliminated.

Security and Privacy

Windscribe uses OpenVPN as its default protocol, with AES 256-bit encryption with SHA512 authentication and a 4096-bit RSA key. If you use devices that support IKEv2 or SOCKS5, you can use Windscribe on these devices thanks to the configuration generators found in the Download section of the site. With the security features described in the previous section of this Windscribe review and strong encryption, this VPN software brings you top-level security and protection.

When it comes to anonymity, Windscribe does extremely well. It does not keep logs of your activity or monitor what you do while using the software. We have mentioned before that signing up does not require an email address and if you pay with BitCoin, there is absolutely no personal information shared between you and the company.


You do not get a wealth of options when it comes to customer support, but the company justifies it by claiming that if you need too much help to use its software, it’s not doing its job right. You can check out the one-page FAQ section, which covers all the basic questions. If you need help setting up the software, you can turn to the handy setup guides. If neither of these options satisfies your needs, you can contact the support staff via the ticketing system and get a response in a couple of hours. We have to say that the Windscribe staff is among the most professional and knowledgeable we have encountered so far. Live chat is not available.

Pricing Options

Windscribe offers 3 plans to its users. You can test the service with the limited free version, which can be used on as many devices as you wish. This version allows you to access only 11 server locations and includes 10 GB of free bandwidth, which is rather generous.

Windscribe pricing

Paid subscriptions come in two forms, including the monthly and annual plans. They both include all Windscribe features and come with unlimited bandwidth and devices. The monthly subscription costs $9 per month while the annual subscription is billed annually and costs only $59 ($4.91 per month). Payment options include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, PayPal, and Paymentwall, as well as BitCoin for complete anonymity.

  • Bank-grade encryption
  • Firewall
  • Great device compatibility
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • P2P sharing allowed
  • No activity logs
  • Excellent suite of security features
  • Great privacy options
  • Use the software on an unlimited number of devices
  • Free version
  • Affordable annual subscription


  • Slightly higher prices
  • Modest speeds

User Reviews

  • Submitted By lucy Hermann on 03/13/2018
    Canada Based !!!  be carreful


  • Submitted By Blue. on 03/07/2018
    Out of this world. I’ve never known a VPN to work as well as Windscribe does. The speeds for each location are above satisfactory level, something ‘ve always wanted in a VPN but have never got with other providers. Having the chance to use a free plan or go pro is great too, especially if you want to test it out before you invest.
  • Submitted By Blue. on 02/27/2018

    I’ve used Windscribe for a couple of months now and it’s been great! I’m especially happy with how fast and reliable the speeds are. I would highly recommend.

  • Submitted By Danny Marlow on 02/11/2018

    Fast, reliable, no logs, I’m surprised there aren’t more servers, but overall, a surprisingly good VPN.


  • Submitted By Adriana M on 02/09/2018

    I like that it’s easy to use. From what I understand, it is really safe and it doesn’t slow down my computer at all.


  • Submitted By Kyle Briseno on 02/08/2018

    Satisfied with the privacy and features, but speeds could be better.

  • Submitted By Curtis C. on 02/06/2018
    Out of this world! Nothing like the other VPN’s i’ve tried. Some really great features here and at a very fair price.
  • Submitted By Cole on 01/28/2018
    Reliable, fast, convenient, user-friendly, amazing features = this pretty much sums Windscribe up.
  • Submitted By Edna White on 01/15/2018
    Happy customer here with 6 months experience using Windscribe. To date I’ve had no issues, and have found Windscribe to be a superb VPN that lives up to its name. I’m also impressed with their informative website that really helps point out certain features, their uses and how things work. Ideal for people that are still new to the whole VPN scene.


  • Submitted By Christopher on 01/05/2018

    Really pleased to see an updated review. Still new to Windscribe ( been using it for only 3 weeks now) but have been keeping my eye out for updated reviews and personal reviews from Windscribe users. So far I think it’s safe to say that Windscribe VPN works well, even if the speeds aren’t always the best on certain locations. I’ve found it easier to connect to somewhere closer to where I actually am and BOOM no problem at all! Cheers for the update again, it’s a big help for being that are newbies like me.
  • Submitted By Jesus Mckenzie on 12/18/2017
    Windscribe has been great so far. Really impressed with the speeds each location provides and the features available on both the free and pro plan. I’m a pro user as I’m a heavy internet user and the 10GB monthly data isn’t enough for me, but if you’re a light user then the free plan should be enough to keep your sorted til you get your next monthly allowance. Occasionaly some locations are down and can’t be used however i’ve noticed they’re normally back up and running after a day or two which is a plus for me as it means windscribe is constantly checking and making sure their VPN is working how it should be. I’m giving windscribe 5* not jusch because it works and is reliable, but also due to the fact it provides the whole package one would want when it comes to surfing the net safely.


  • Submitted By Stephanie 12/09/2017

    Hi everyone! I’ve been using windscribe for 2 months now and find it works great. The speeds seem to be really good even for countries that are on the over the side of the world. It’s definitely one of the best VPN’s I’ve used to date. I also just found out you can now unblock US Netflix which is perfect if you’re like me and always travelling and on the go. Really happy with windscribe and would recommend others give it a go.
  • Submitted By Hannah 11/28/2017
    Really impressed with Windscribe so far, and love that it is available for android and apple. Reliable VPN, currently got it on 3 of my devices.
  • Submitted By Georgie on 11/21/2017
    Excellent provider. I personally see almost no speed degradation. US Netflix bypass actually works as advertised, every time.  Support is very useful, the owner even personally responds to tickets sometimes, which is nice to see.
  • Submitted By Martha Williams on 03/21/2017
    Not happy with the speed at all, good thing there’s a free version.
  • Submitted By Peter Simmons on 02/24/2017
    Great features, ok speed, a bit pricy.
  • Submitted By Wanda Rogers on 01/04/2017
    Real happy with the service so far, does everything it’s supposed to do and it’s real simple.


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Windscribe Review
Updated :03.14.2018.
Rating : 9.3/10