Windscribe VPN Review 2024 - A Lifetime Free VPN

Last updated: January 22, 2024 Reading time: 8 minutes
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Windscribe VPN (Location – Canada)

Countries: 20+ | Server Locations: 45+ | Number of Servers: 20 | Multi-Device: Unlimited

Overview

Windscribe is one of the rookies in the VPN industry. This VPN service was launched in full bloom in the mid of 2016. It has turned out well for all the privacy and security freaks worldwide. Windscribe has made a robust entrance into the market, and the credit goes to its strong encryption and bifurcated approach to ensure your privacy. This makes your data and online activities inaccessible to third parties.

In our Windscribe VPN review, we will assess the service offered by Windscribe and present the ground reality of this VPN service. After going through our Windscribe VPN review, we hope you will get acquainted with a better sense of this VPN provider. This will help you make a wise decision as to whether or not to employ Windscribe as your privacy partner.

Pros
  • Strong encryption protocols
  • Unlimited device connections
  • Accept bitcoin payments
  • No connection logging
  • Shared IP
  • No personal information is required for sign-up
  • Permits P2P support
  • No DNS leak
  • Transparent company with a crystal clear privacy policy
  • Cross-platform availability (Windows, Android, iOS, Mac)
Cons
  • Few customer support channels
  • Based in Canada
  • The pro plan is pricey
  • iOS VPN client needs improvement

Windscribe VPN Pricing & Plans

Windscribe VPN pricing structure is branched into two types:

  1. Free or Windscribe Limited Plan
  2. Pro or Windscribe Unlimited Plan

If you opt for the Free plan, then not a single penny will be consumed, and you will enjoy the basic VPN options. Such options include 15GB of monthly data, one device connection, and servers in 9 locations. In conclusion, we can say that this plan is free and limited.

However, The Pro plan has unlimited data transfer and simultaneous device connections. Here you get access to servers in 31 locations rather than the 9 locations offered in the Free plan. Meanwhile, you should also be familiar that to opt for the Pro plan, you should be ready to pay either $9 per month or $90 per annum.

According to our Windscribe VPN review, we can say that Windscribe has an excellent Free plan and thus can be considered one of the best Free VPN services. While on the other hand, the Pro plan is quite expensive and does not correspond to all the functions the VPN offers.

Payment methods of Windscribe VPN

Payment methods offered by Windscribe VPN include accepting payments from credit cards like MasterCard, American Express, Amex, and Visa. PayPal and PaymentWall are other options for the payment offered by Windscribe VPN.

We also came across the fact, during our Windscribe VPN review, that Windscribe accepts payments through Bitcoin as well, thus keeping its subscriber’s identity anonymous and considerate.

Windscribe VPN’s unique selling Proposition (USP)

While covering our Windscribe VPN review, we discovered that Windscribe has several unique selling propositions. So we dug deep to find out more about the top unique selling propositions of Windscribe VPN, and our search results are as follows:

Money back guarantee

While covering our Windscribe VPN review, we also discovered that Windscribe is packed with some generous elements. Among these generous elements is the unlimited simultaneous device connectivity offered by Windscribe.

Most VPN providers offer limited device connectivity with a single VPN account, but Windscribe has undoubtedly broken these barriers and has aced in providing unlimited simultaneous connections.

Multi Login

Concerning the generous elements offered by Windscribe VPN, we also discovered through our Windscribe VPN review that it offers a 3-day money-back guarantee. This refund policy allows the Windscribe subscribers to request a refund within 3 days after purchasing the Pro plan of Windscribe.

Windscribe Limited

The free version offered by Windscribe, also known as Windscribe Limited, is available for all Netizens who wish to test Windscribe services before employing it. However, the free version has limitations, such as a monthly bandwidth limit of 10GB only and a limited choice of eight server locations.

Windscribe VPN customer support

We tested the VPN provider’s customer support for our Windscribe VPN review. We found out that there are, unfortunately, very few customer support channels. Customer support is restricted to ticket-based queries and has no Live chat option.

However, after filling the ticket with your query, you may receive a reply within a few hours via email. The response we received during the coverage of our Windscribe VPN review was professional and courteous rather than the single-sentence answers or the auto-replies that most other VPNs usually give away. The answer to our query was explicitly addressed to our question and was descriptive.

FAQ section

Although the FAQ section is comprised of a single page, it gives primary and general information service information to get started with Windscribe’s VPN service. It also lets its users know how Browser Extensions and Windscribe’s VPN work in combination.

Windscribe VPN Security & Privacy

Top-notch privacy, as well as easy accessibility to the subscribers, is ensured solely by encryption tunneling protocols. Windscribe offers powerful AES 256-bit data encryption in conjunction with SHA 512 data authentication and the firm RSA 4096 handshake.

Besides this, iOS users can configure IKEv2 on their iPhones and iPad and instantly get protected with the Windscribe VPN.

Chances of suffering from data leaks get minimized due to the set of DNS and IPv6 leak protection, which this Canadian VPN offers. Over and above, sudden connection drops are not dangerous for Windscribe service users as this VPN has a Firewall widget. This Firewall widget can block all Internet connectivity to Windscribe servers outside the connection.

Furthermore, Windscribe VPN uses shared IPs instead of dedicated IPs. This is because Windscribe considers shared IPs to be more reliable, and its use gives the tracker a tough job to identify a real user.

Logging Policy – Is Windscribe Safe?

Since Windscribe VPN came into being, it has been inquired many times about its safety level. This is why we struggled to provide an apparent response to our readers in our Windscribe VPN review.

In their privacy policy, VPN providers do not reveal hidden terms related to user activities and loggings. However, we studied Windscribe VPN’s privacy policy and discovered that the VPN service provider does not store connection logs. Neither does it store browsing information or the IP timestamps of its users. Windscribe also does not enforce third-party cookie trackers or any analytics services. Thus, it ensures its users’ online privacy is protected around the clock.

While on the other hand, the only information that Windscribe does keep is the amount of bandwidth consumed by the user. However, this bandwidth data is also reset once a month. It also keeps the payment information – only for Pro plan subscribers – for 30 days.

Besides the transparent privacy policy, many customers still question the security and privacy protection capability of Windscribe VPN. The sole reason is that Windscribe VPN is Canada-based. Canada is not considered the paramount option for 100% privacy as risks are associated with being tracked by either the Five Eyes (FVEY) or by CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service).

Windscribe VPN Cross-Platform Availability

Windscribe is compatible with almost all cutting-edge platforms like Linux, Mac, and Windows. Our Windscribe VPN review discovered that Pro Plan subscribers are facilitated with well-designed VPN clients for Android and iOS devices.

Furthermore, Windscribe also offers some upper-crust extensions for web browsers like Opera, Firefox, and Chrome. These extensions allow users to unblock several websites with a single click. All in all, Windscribe is easy to use and is rather convenient.

Windscribe VPN Server Destinations

Windscribe VPN is not a service provider with a wide range of servers. However, it does offer servers in 9 or 31 locations. But this entirely depends upon the pricing plan which you will go for:

The Windscribe Limited plan or the Free plan has a limit of 9 server locations. These locations include the US (East/West), Hong Kong, France, Germany, the UK, Canada, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

Apart from the countries mentioned above, the Windscribe Unlimited or Pro plan subscriber is also accessible to other servers. These servers are in other destinations like Spain, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Singapore, Egypt, South Korea, India, Japan, Mexico, and Australia.

Performance, Speed & Leak Protection of Windscribe VPN

Although Windows’ client of Windscribe has a small interface, it can help together everything you need. This might include connecting/disconnect button, server list, current IP address display, and remaining bandwidth on the free edition.

Apart from all these elements, Windscribe also has a ‘firewall.’ This firewall can disable connectivity if the Windscribe connection succumbs at any time. Furthermore, it also includes some tweaks, including API resolution and connection mode. The connection mode further shows three different types of modes like UDP, TCP, and Stealth mode.

During covering our Windscribe VPN review, we checked the VPN clients of all the platforms for leaks. We were glad to find out no sort of IP and IPv6 leaks.

We also searched for DNS leaks but didn’t find any. This proves that Windscribe is not a VPN to be taken lightly. Also, it is pretty severe about providing high-level security and privacy.

We tested the Windscribe server’s performance via Ookla speed tests. We concluded that the closer a server is, the better speed you will be provided with. However, speed test results were found to be more than acceptable, and they are as follows:

Setup Guide for Windscribe VPN

Through our Windscribe VPN review, we hit upon the setup guides section, which provides detailed video guides available on Youtube for setting up each of their clients. Here is a snapshot of Youtube showing the Windscribe installation tutorial:

Installation Process

You must create a new account to install Windscribe VPN on your computer. Or you may use the one which you already have.

After you sign in, you will see the following dialog box.

Here, you will come across different options for availing of 2GB, 10GB, or even 15GB of free data monthly. The crucial point is that 10GB can be availed if you email Windscribe VPN. In contrast, 15GB can be availed after you tweet regarding Windscribe.

When switched off, the VPN client turns black.

And it turns blue after you switch your VPN client on.

Windscribe VPN client shows you only a list of countries where the server destinations are. However, it does not show a list of individual servers. The number of locations differs depending on the plan you have chosen.

Conclusion

In conclusion, of our Windscribe VPN review, we are glad to say that Windscribe is undoubtedly an excellent free service provider despite being a newbie in the VPN industry. The Chrome Browser extension and Windows client duo work flawlessly to protect your online activities and exclusive browser extensions.

But not to forget the drawbacks of Windscribe VPN, which include the lack of a dedicated IP address, expensive Pro plan, no live customer support system, fewer server locations, and encryption protocols.

The pace of development of Windscribe VPN is highly encouraging, and we hope it won’t decelerate until Windscribe gains its zenith.

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Zehra Ali is a Tech Reporter and Journalist. She has done her Masters in Mass Communication. Topics related to cybersecurity, IoT, AI, Big Data and other privacy matters are extensively covered by her on various platforms. You can follow her on twitter.

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