Windscribe Review

Verdict

Windscribe isn’t just one of the best free VPN providers around, it’s also one of the best paid-for services. It’s generally a safe bet for both speed and streaming performance and its subscriptions are reasonably priced.

Pros

  • Generous free tier
  • Wide range of endpoint countries
  • Extremely good value
  • Streams Netflix and iPlayer

Cons

  • Rival services are faster

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £37.11
  • UK pricing: £6.82 per month, £37.11 per year
  • US pricing: Free, $9 per month, $49 per year
  • 10GB per month free account available
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • Clear information on connecting other devices without dedicated clients
  • Clients for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Fire TV, Nvidia Shield, Chrome, Firefox, Opera

Windscribe is a Canadian VPN (virtual private network) that’s gained popularity due to its free service and dedicated support for streaming TV. Unlike fellow Canadian VPN TunnelBear, Windscribe also allows torrenting.

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Windscribe VPN

Windscribe

If you are looking for the best for your buck when it comes to a streaming VPN then Windscribe is the one for you. With a generous 10GB free tier, it costs just $4.08 per month there after.

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Windscribe – Features and usability

Windscribe’s privacy and logging policy clearly indicates what data it does and does not keep, with only total bandwidth consumption and the time your account was last used stored in the long term. The service supports anonymous payment via bitcoin and gift vouchers, and you don’t have to provide an email address to sign up. It doesn’t have the zero-logs policy of some rivals and it’s not yet published an independent logging audit, but it’s a reasonable option for privacy enthusiasts.

Its desktop client is simple to use and includes a number of extra security features. By default, Windscribe activates its integrated firewall feature, a kill switch that prevents any internet traffic from being transferred if you lose your connection to the VPN for any reason. You can also share your encrypted connection as a secure wireless hotspot, if your router supports the feature.

Options in your online account management interface allow you to instantly apply features including ad and tracker blocking and an anti-malware filter. Windscribe has a generous 10GB per month free tier. Free users get access to locations in 11 countries – not including any of the Windflix video streaming endpoints. Pay for the full service and you get access to endpoints in 50-odd countries.

If you like the service enough to pay for it, it works out at £6.82 monthly or £37.11 per year, which is extremely reasonable for a quality VPN service.

A screengrab of the Windscribe desktop client running on Windows 10.

Windscribe – Performance

Endpoints/VPN UK Netherlands United States
Windscribe HTTP 84.80Mbps 89.60Mbps 33.92Mbps
Windscribe FTP 58.32Mbps 104.51Mbps 74.42Mbps

By comparison, average HTTP download speeds for the entire January 2020 VPN group test, measured from a test system in the UK with a high-speed fibre connection, were 81.41Mbps from UK endpoints, 89.42Mbps for the Netherlands and 43.02Mbps from the US.

We recently carried out dedicated tests of Windscribe’s free service: unlike most free VPN services from commercial providers, it performs just as well as the paid-for version, although the selection of endpoints is limited, and there is no access to its US Windflix specialist streaming servers.

Our latest speed tests focus on paid-for servers. This month, all its HTTP speed test results were decent but unremarkable, hovering around the average for the group test. At 33.92Mbps, US download speeds from the UK are a little on the slow side, but that connection speed’s certainly sufficient for general purpose and multimedia-intensive browsing.

Windscribe has dedicated endpoints for streaming Netflix, BBC iPlayer and other streaming services. All 4 is the only one I occasionally have trouble with on Windscribe. Not only do you have to disable ad-blocking if you want to watch anything, but I also couldn’t convince the service that I wasn’t using a VPN this time around. However, for Netflix and iPlayer I had no such complaints.

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Should you buy Windscribe?

Windscribe has a lot of strong features, has historically always been one of the best choices for both speed and streaming in these tests, and regularly appears in Trusted Reviews’ top VPN recommendations.

The Canada-based firm is transparent about its privacy policies and, although it keeps some logs to help manage its service, says that it doesn’t keep any identifying information. Moreover, it maintains a live transparency report to show how many DMCA and law enforcement data requests it’s received. To date, it has complied with “exactly zero” of either, because it simply does not retain user data.

The service supports a wide range of devices and is generally easy to use, although its endpoint list isn’t searchable. It’s generally fast, provides a technically unlimited number of simultaneous connections, and its pricing is very competitive.

Windscribe isn’t just one of the best free VPN providers around, it’s also one of the best paid-for services. It’s generally a safe bet for both speed and streaming performance and its subscriptions are reasonably priced.

This month, it’s been edged out by some close rivals that were faster or provided more comprehensive streaming. If security is a priority, ExpressVPN and Private Internet Access have both established their privacy credentials and put in comparable performances in this month’s data transfer tests – faster in ExpressVPN’s case.

However, if you’re balancing streaming, speed and transparency against price, Windscribe’s £37.11 annual subscription is brilliant value and well worth having.

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