Windscribe VPN Review (2019)

Windscribe Highlights

  • Country: Canada (Five Eyes Country)
  • Logging: No (Traffic), Yes (Connection), No (IP address)
  • Bypass VPN Block (DPI): Stealth VPN and Wstunnel
  • Pricing: $4.08 (per month)
  • Allows P2P/ Torrent: Yes
  • Simultaneous connections: Unlimited
  • Live Chat Support: Yes
  • Custom clients/apps: Yes
  • Alternative website: N/A
  • Trustpilot rating: 7.9 out of 10 (109 users)

My First Impression

Windscribe, a VPN provider from Ontario, Canada, has been active since 2015 according to its activity on social media. Even though the VPN is relatively young, it has found its place in the VPN market and now has a brand recognition, thanks to its successful marketing campaigns. In this article, I will analyze Windscribe‘s privacy policy, pricing, and whether Windscribe‘s Stealth VPN can evade the VPN block.

The VPN website is well designed with easy navigation. The website includes all the important information about the provider. The website is available in 18 languages and also supports live chat support.

Does Windscribe keep logs?

There are two types VPN providers, some explain which logs they keep and which they do not, whereas other providers, state they do not keep logs, but do not give detailed information. Windscribe, belongs to the first group, and gives detailed information about what information is logged.

Logging Policy of Windscribe VPN
Windscribe Logging Policy

To sum up, we can conclude that Windscribe does not keep:

  • traffic logs (i.e. user activity)
  • IP address
With the information on the website, we can surely say that, Windscribe logs bandwidth amount and timestamps, also known as connection logs.
Windscribe VPN Privacy Policy
Windscribe Privacy Policy

Does Windscribe offer Stealth VPN to bypass Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and similar firewalls?

Countries like China, Turkey, Russia, UAE, Egypt implement firewalls that block access to VPN services. As an example, China uses the Great Wall of China (GFW) system to block most VPNs and proxies. Some VPN providers offer extra protocols, often called Stealth VPN or anti-DPI protocols, that help users to bypass VPN blocks and access free internet.

Windscribe offers two different protocols, Stealth VPN and Wstunnel, if your ISP blocks standard VPN protocols like OpenVPN. Stealth VPN is a protocol that encapsulates OpenVPN in a TLS tunnel via Stunnel. Wstunnel also wraps OpenVPN in WebSocket. Stealth mode is available on Android, Windows and macOS, whereas Wstunnel is available on Windows only. As with most VPN providers, the iOS app does not include the anti-DPI protocols.

Testing Windscribe

As usual, I test the VPN on Windows 7 PC and an Android phone running Android 6.0.1. I am testing on an ADSL internet provided by the local telecom company and cellular internet provided by our local mobile operator. 

Windows Test 

The first test starts with Windows. The software includes features like -switch (Windscribe names it “firewall”), DNS configuration, and proxy configuration. You can even change the software language. You can use both Stealth mode and Wstunnel on the Windows version of Windscribe. In my tests, both Stealth protocol and Wstunnel easily connected and evaded the VPN block. And, as seen on the screenshot, Netflix works with Windscribe, on special US, Canada, UK and Japan Netflix servers.

I would like to note that Windscribe‘s speed is not fast. Internet speed in my country is slow, and usually, I don’t run speed tests in my reviews. However, the speed difference between Windscribe and other VPNs is significant. Researching various forums, I found that the speed was good for some users and not good enough for others. The reason for the slower speed I experienced could be the Stealth mode. Therefore, I highly suggest using the free version of Windscribe, before buying a subscription.

Windscribe Windows test
Windscribe VPN Windows test

Android Test

Next, I performed similar tests on an Android device. Unlike the Windows version, the Android version only includes Stealth mode. You can change the protocol, port, and language in the app. In my Android test, Windscribe‘s Stealth protocol connected successfully, and I could bypass the VPN block.

As for the iOS app, since the Stealth protocol is not present in the app, it is very unlikely that the iOS app could evade the VPN block. The same goes for Android TV. At the moment, the Android TV app is basic and lacks anti-DPI protocol options.  Windscribe updated its Android TV app, and now the stealth function works on Android TVs as well.

Windscribe Android test
Windscribe Android test

Test Result

To sum up, in the tests, Windscribe defeated the VPN blocking firewall in my country on Windows (Stealth, Wstunnel) and Android platforms (Stealth)

If you are not sure whether Windscribe VPN is working in your country, Windscribe offers a very generous free version, with the data limit of 10GB-50GB per month.

Is Windscribe affordable?

Windscribe offers a standard plan available for monthly and annual subscriptions. Alternatively, you can build a plan according to your own priorities.  When subscribed for a year, you pay $4.08 per month. The VPN service does not limit simultaneous connections. Therefore, if you are using at least 4-5 devices, then the pricing is good.

Windscribe VPN Pricing

Windscribe accepts only major credit/debit cards, PayPal, Cryptocurrency, and about 150 payment methods supported by PaymentWall.

Windscribe offers refunds within three (3) business days of account activation, only if data usage has not exceeded 10 GB. Windscribe VPN offers a free account with at least 10GB/month data limit.

 

What features Windscribe offers?

– Supported Platforms

Windscribe supports Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and selected routers. standalone software for the platforms and Chrome/Firefox extensions. The extensions and the iOS app lack the ant-DPI protocol Stealth and Wstunnel. The VPN provider also offers a kill-switch feature.

– Supported Protocols

The VPN offers IKEv2, OpenVPN, Stealth and Wstunnel (Windows) protocols.

– Number of Servers

You can choose among 110 servers from 60 countries with Windscribe.

Lastly, Windscribe got an average rating on the Simple VPN Comparison Table. Scores are good on most of the categories except for Privacy, since Windscribe is located in a Five Eyes Country.

Wanna check other VPNs? Head over to the VPN Comparison Table, and find the best VPN that fits you.

Conclusion

What I liked:

  • Traffic and IP address logs not kept
  • Stealth and Wstunnel (anti-DPI)
  • Pricing, less than $1 per device a month
  • Cryptocurrency accepted
  • Torrent/P2P allowed
  • Netflix supported
  • Kill switch, Free Plan

What I didn’t like:

  • Connection logs stored
  • No anti-DPI protocol on iOS
  • Speed issues on stealth mode
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