Windscribe VPN Pro Review 2023: 3 cons and 4 pros

Windscribe VPN Pro Review 2023: 3 cons and 4 pros

7.6
★★★☆
  1. Windscribe Pro: 3 Disadvantages & 4 Advantages

    • Functions on the computer are divided between application, browser extension and web
    • Slower connection on some servers
    • The company does not disclose the number of servers
    • High speed of the nearest server
    • Use on unlimited devices
    • Low device load
    • Simple privacy conditions

    Canadian company Windscribe offers a VPN connection with no device limit. The range of countries is average, but the connection speed to the nearest server was very good in the test.

    The VPN offers a diverse range of added features, but these are split between an app, a web account and a browser extension. The few small areas in which the VPN falls short, it makes up for with a large number of added features. The load on the desktop app is very low, making Windscribe VPN suitable for less powerful devices.

    Overall, Windscribe is a good VPN that is definitely worth considering.

  2. Windscribe Pro Subscription: Discount Code, Free Trial, Money Back Guarantee…

    • Your Price: $9.00 ​55% off $4.08 /mo (999 devices)
    • Money Back Guarantee: Yes (3 days)
    • Free Trial: Yes (1 day)
    • Cryptocurrency payments:
      Yes
      Bitcoin :Yes
      Dash :Yes
      Ethereum :Yes
      Ripple :No

    Unlike the free version, Windscribe Pro adds unlimited data transfer, the ability to use all servers, manual VPN configuration without the app, and advanced spam blocking.

    Subscriptions can be paid monthly or annually, with annual subscriptions being considerably better.

    You can also choose extra locations beyond the free VPN, with pricing based on the number of locations selected and the choice of unlimited data and advanced features.

    Beyond the subscription, a static IP address is offered, which allows port forwarding and limits the amount of blocking. Unlike some competing VPNs, the static IP address is not dedicated to avoid Windscribe’s legal liability to pass on account information using that IP address.

    Instead of a trial version, a free version is offered VPN Windscribe Free.

  3. Windscribe Pro and Supported Devices: Android, iOS, macOS…

    • Device limit: Unlimited

    Platforms supported

    • Android:
      Yes
      Android is supported by 99 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Android TV:
      No
      Android TV is supported by 37 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Apple TV:
      No
      Apple TV is supported by 26 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Fire TV:
      Yes
      Fire TV is supported by 39 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Chromebook:
      No
      Chromebook is supported by 16 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Chromecast:
      No
      Chromecast is supported by 22 % of reviewed VPNs
    • iOS:
      Yes
      iOS is supported by 97 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Kodi:
      Yes
      Kodi is supported by 27 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Linux:
      Yes
      Linux is supported by 54 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Mac:
      Yes
      Mac is supported by 97 % of reviewed VPNs
    • NAS:
      Yes
      NAS is supported by 32 % of reviewed VPNs
    • nVidia Shield:
      Yes
      nVidia Shield is supported by 27 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Playstation:
      No
      Playstation is supported by 31 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Raspberry Pi:
      No
      Raspberry Pi is supported by 20 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Roku:
      No
      Roku is supported by 26 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Router:
      Yes
      Router is supported by 53 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Windows:
      Yes
      Windows is supported by 100 % of reviewed VPNs
    • xBox:
      No
      xBox is supported by 31 % of reviewed VPNs

    Browser Extensions

    • Brave :
      Yes
      The Brave browser add-on is offered by 51 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Chrome :
      Yes
      The Chrome browser add-on is offered by 51 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Edge :
      Yes
      The Edge browser add-on is offered by 16 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Firefox :
      Yes
      The Firefox browser add-on is offered by 38 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Opera :
      Yes
      The Opera browser add-on is offered by 51 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Safari :
      No
      The Safari browser add-on is offered by 2 % of reviewed VPNs.
    • Vivaldi :
      Yes
      The Vivaldi browser add-on is offered by 51 % of reviewed VPNs.

    Windscribe supports an unlimited number of devices.

    Windscribe VPN software is available on all common mobile and desktop operating systems and on FireTV, Nvidia Shield, Kodi, routers and most browsers. VPN routers can also be purchased with Windscribe VPN already pre-loaded. Using a VPN router to protect your home network is only appropriate if you have devices that cannot connect to a VPN. This will protect your entire home network.

  4. Windscribe Pro App: User-friendliness, whitelist, server selection…

    • Traffic limit: Unlimited
    • App Languages: 🇺🇸 English +24 more🇫🇷 French 🇮🇹 Italian 🇩🇪 German 🇳🇱 Dutch 🇵🇱 Polish 🇵🇹 Portuguese 🇷🇺 Russian 🇪🇸 Spanish 🇦🇪 Arabic 🇨🇳 Chinese 🇩🇰 Danish 🇯🇵 Japanese 🇰🇷 Korean 🇸🇪 Swedish 🇹🇭 Thai 🇹🇷 Turkish 🇨🇿 Czech 🇮🇳 Hindi 🇭🇷 Croatian 🇮🇩 Indonesian 🇭🇺 Hungarian 🇬🇷 Greek 🇸🇰 Slovak 🇻🇳 Vietnamese
    • Whitelisting:
      Yes
      Whitelisting is supported by 52 % of reviewed VPNs

    Windscribe offers both a whitelist and a blacklist for ease of use. It is currently only available on Android devices. In the browser extension, you can use the whitelist feature for websites on your desktop device.

    Windscribe also offers the ability to set the VPN to automatically start and connect to the VPN when the device boots up. On Android devices, you can set up automatic connections for individual Wi-Fi networks. VPN also offers the option to connect to the best site.

    The apps are clear overall, especially the mobile app is intuitive. However, the split of features and their settings between the app, the web and the browser extension is user unfriendly.

    The language offer in the desktop app is more extensive than in the mobile app. Overall, the desktop app offers a large number of languages including French, Italian or Spanish.

  5. Windscribe Pro Connection Speed: Upload, Download & Latency

    Download speed

    Upload speed

    Server latency

    Windscribe Pro, like other paid VPNs, has no data transfer limit.

    Connection speeds for the nearest location are very good compared to competitors, but are below average in some more distant locations.

    Playback of 4K content was seamless in our test with Windscribe, as the measured speed far exceeded the speed required for 4K transmission.

  6. Windscribe Pro Server Locations

    • Number of servers:
      480
      The average number of servers for the reviewed VPNs is 1436.
    • Number of countries:
      64
      The average number of countries available for the reviewed VPNs is 38.
    Europe 🇦🇱 Albania 🇧🇪 Belgium 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina 🇧🇬 Bulgaria 🇨🇿 Czech Republic 🇩🇰 Denmark 🇪🇪 Estonia 🇫🇮 Finland 🇫🇷 France 🇭🇷 Croatia 🇮🇪 Ireland 🇮🇸 Iceland 🇮🇹 Italy 🇨🇾 Cyprus 🇱🇹 Lithuania 🇱🇻 Latvia 🇭🇺 Hungary 🇲🇩 Moldova 🇩🇪 Germany 🇳🇱 Netherlands 🇳🇴 Norway 🇵🇱 Poland 🇵🇹 Portugal 🇦🇹 Austria 🇷🇴 Romania 🇬🇷 Greece 🇲🇰 Northern Macedonia 🇸🇰 Slovakia 🇬🇧 United Kingdom 🇷🇸 Serbia 🇪🇸 Spain 🇸🇪 Sweden 🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇹🇷 Turkey 🇺🇦 Ukraine
    North America 🇨🇦 Canada 🇲🇽 Mexico 🇵🇦 Panama 🇺🇸 USA
    South America 🇦🇶 Antarctica 🇦🇷 Argentina 🇧🇷 Brazil 🇨🇱 Chile 🇨🇴 Colombia 🇵🇪 Peru
    Asia 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan 🇵🇭 Philippines 🇭🇰 Hong Kong 🇮🇳 India 🇮🇩 Indonesia 🇮🇱 Israel 🇯🇵 Japan 🇰🇷 South Korea 🇲🇾 Malaysia 🇷🇺 Russia 🇸🇬 Singapore 🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates 🇹🇭 Thailand 🇹🇼 Taiwan 🇻🇳 Vietnam
    Africa 🇿🇦 South Africa 🇹🇳 Tunisia
    Oceania 🇦🇺 Australia 🇳🇿 New Zealand

    The paid version offers 63 countries and 110 locations.

    Countries on offer include the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, as well as Hong Kong, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates for censorship circumvention. Russia is missing from the menu.

    Windscribe does not provide the number of servers, so the information comes from an unverified source. While we contacted Windscribe to inquire about the number of servers, the company responded that it does not disclose data on the number of servers.

  7. Windscribe Pro Security Features: DNS Leak Protection, Kill Switch…

    • DNS leak protection :
      Yes
      DNS leak protection is offered by 95% of the reviewed VPNs.
    • Kill Switch:
      Yes
      Kill Switch is supported by 80% of the reviewed VPNs.
    • Tor:
      No
      Tor support is offered by 7 % of the reviewed VPNs.

    The main protocol offered by Windscribe is IKEv2. Other connection options are UDP, TCP, Stealth and WStunnel, which use the OpenVPN protocol. The latter two are suitable for unblocking state censorships in countries such as China. The WireGuard protocol is also offered on Android devices.

    The security of the VPN connection is taken care of by a kill switch, named as Firewall in Windscribe. The feature shuts down all internet connections if you are not connected to the VPN.

    VPN protection for extra sensitive connections offers the option of multiple connections. This feature is only offered on the desktop, through connections in the app and in the browser to different servers.

    Another feature for a secure VPN is the blocking of malicious sites. Protection against sites containing malware can be set in the account after logging in on the browser or also in a browser extension for desktop devices.

    Windscribe uses the AES-256 cipher to encrypt the connection.

  8. Windscribe Pro & Streaming: Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Prime…

    • Amazon Prime:
      Yes
      Amazon Prime streaming is supported by 46 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Disney+:
      Yes
      Disney+ streaming is supported by 45 % of reviewed VPNs
    • HBO:
      Yes
      HBO streaming is supported by 48 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Hulu:
      Yes
      Hulu streaming is supported by 44 % of reviewed VPNs
    • Netflix:
      Yes
      Netflix streaming is supported by 61 % of reviewed VPNs
    • YouTube:
      Yes
      YouTube streaming is supported by 81 % of reviewed VPNs

    Windscribe VPN offers special servers for unblocking streaming services (called Windflix servers). These special servers are offered for Japan, the USA, the UK and Canada.

    Windscribe is able to unblock Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, HBO, and YouTube streaming services just like the better competing providers. However, some competing VPNs offer a larger number of foreign libraries to unblock.
    Windscribe VPN offers special servers for unblocking streaming services (called Windflix servers). These special servers are offered for Japan, the USA, the UK and Canada.

    Windscribe is able to unblock Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, HBO, and YouTube streaming services just like the better competing providers. However, some competing VPNs offer a larger number of foreign libraries to unblock.

  9. Features of Windscribe Pro: AdBlock, Static IP…

    • Blocks Ads:
      Yes
      Ad blocking is offered by 48 % of the VPNs reviewed.
    • Blocks Malware:
      Yes
      Malware blocking is offered by 45 % of the VPNs reviewed.
    • Blocks Trackers:
      Yes
      Trackers blocking is offered by 41 % of the VPNs reviewed.

    In addition to ad blocking and tracker blocking, Windscribe also offers blocking of social networks, adult content, gambling, fake news and clickbait, other VPNs and crypto mining. You can turn on category-specific blocking in your account settings via the website, and you can also use browser extensions on your computer. However, this does not include all categories.

    The browser extension also offers to block pop-up requests to remove notifications from websites and tracking notification cookies. It also allows you to delete cookies when you close your browser or offers automatic user changes, which serves to give you more anonymity. In fact, the extension externally changes the parameters of your operating system, screen resolution and other data to avoid fingerprinting as much as possible.

    That’s leaving traces based on the device you’re using.

  10. Windscribe Pro‘s CPU usage and App Performance

    Windscribe has one of the lowest loads on the device. It’s more than 10 times lower compared to the highest demanding VPNs tested.

  11. Windscribe Pro Torrenting Servers

    • Torrenting servers:
      Yes
      Torrenting support is offered by 86 % of the reviewed VPNs.

    Most of the servers you’ll find in the Windscribe Pro VPN range support P2P traffic. If some don’t support torrenting, p2p is crossed out for that country.

    For torrent, we recommend using the firewall feature, which will terminate your internet connection if the VPN is lost. This will ensure that you are always protected by your VPN connection.

  12. What is the country of origin of Windscribe Pro?

    • Country of origin: 🇨🇦 Canada

    Windscribe is based in Canada, which belongs to the 14 Eyes Countries group. These countries are known for monitoring the internet by secret services and sharing the information they gather with other countries.

    Windscribe’s website says that local courts have repeatedly requested information about the connections. Windscribe has never provided this data because it does not store any sensitive data and other non-sensitive data is anonymized.

  13. Windscribe Pro and Privacy: Logging Policy, Security Issues…

    • No-Logs Policy:
      Yes
      The No-Logs Policy is followed by 86% of reviewed VPNs.
    • Multi-Hop:
      Yes
      Multi-Hop connection is offered by 31 % of the VPNs reviewed.

    The privacy policy on Windscribe’s site is clear and humanly written, and we’d like to see similarly written policies from more VPN providers.

    According to Windscribe’s privacy policy, it doesn’t store IP addresses, historical VPN session logs, or pages visited. Because of the free VPN, data is kept on the amount of data transferred in a monthly period and the time of the last connection.

    During the connection, the username, the connection time and the amount of data transferred is stored for the duration of the session.

  14. Windscribe Pro Support: Chat, e-mail…

    For help with troubleshooting and tutorials, visit Windscribe. The scope of the support database on the site is modest and searches are inadequate.

    Support is also offered via chatbot or live chat. Live support can also be contacted by filling out a form on the Windscribe site. Contact support thus replaces the inadequate database of queries on the VPN site.

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