Windscribe VPN Review- Is it Worth It?

Gabe Turner: Hey, folks. This is Gabe at Security Baron. Can you paint with all the colors of the Windscribe? Well, today, we're going to find out in our
review of Windscribe VPN. [music] Gabe: In today's review of Windscribe, we're
going to look at the pros and cons, features, run some speed and leak tests, check out their
subscription options and customer support before finally delving into their mobile application
to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision. If you'd like to see a list of our favorite
VPNs, google "Security Baron best VPNs." If you have a question about today's review,
leave us a comment, and I'll get back to you. Let's look at the pros and cons of Windscribe
VPN, beginning with the pros. The main event with Windscribe is the fact
that they give you unlimited simultaneous connections on unlimited devices with just
one account. You're not going to run into any issues with
having it on your phone, on your iPad, on your Kindle, on your MacBook Air, all with
your account.

They also double hop. That means that they run your traffic through
two separate servers each time. That's a nice little added bonus. When it comes to cons, they are based in Canada,
which is a part of several international surveillance alliances. That's something to think about when using
Windscribe VPN. Now that we've gone over the pros and cons
for Windscribe VPN, let's look at their features set beginning with data logging. Most VPN companies say that they're not going
to log your data, but they do keep a few things like your payment information, your user name. Windscribe keeps a little bit more than we'd
like. They keep a timestamp of your activity, how
many bytes you transferred, and how many parallel connections you have made.

Their reasoning is that they want to make
sure that someone isn't sharing an account among 100 people, but still a little bit more
than we'd appreciate. When it comes to the Kill Switch feature,
also known as Network Lock Feature, they do employ it. You don't have to worry about your information
being exposed. If, for whatever reason, the VPN goes out,
all of your Web browsing app usage will, of course, be knocked out, and you won't be exposed
on a public network. When it comes to split tunneling with the
Windscribe, you can do it. If you want to reduce your bandwidth by using
both a public and private network at the same time, you can do so with Windscribe, which
is always a feature that we love to see with the VPN. When it comes to Netflix access, you can do
that as long as you're using one of their US or UK servers. Outside of that, you're not very likely to
be able to get on Netflix. Now that we've looked at the pros, cons, and
features of Windscribe VPN, let's run some tests.

I'm going to run a speed test, DNS leak test,
and WebRTC leak test. For the sake of transparency, I want you to
know that I'm going to be running these tests on a MacBook Air and Asus VivoBook in Brooklyn
on my Optimum Network. Let's check out the speeds for Windscribe
VPN. On my MacBook, my download speed decreased
by about 20 percent, while it decreased by over 40 percent on my Asus VivoBook. When I went to do upload speeds, things reversed. On the VivoBook, it only decreased the speed
upload by 16 percent, while on the MacBook, it decreased the speed by 60 percent. The final thing that I tested was ping or
latency. Both of my computers, initially, had about
a 12-millisecond latency without Windscribe, but with Windscribe, I saw the latency increased
to 20 milliseconds on my Mac and 16 milliseconds on the Windows computer.

The next test that we run is the DNS leak
test. That stands for Domain Name Server. This is basically the IP address that underlies
all of the websites that you might go to. Websites like securitybaron.com. We want to make sure that that doesn't leak
out and remains in that private tunnel that you created with your Windscribe VPN.

Fortunately, they pass this test with flying
colors. The final test that we conduct is similar
and that it is based on the WebRTC. The WebRTC stands for Web Real-Time Communication. It is what you use anytime you connect two
IP addresses directly without going through an intermediate server. This happens when you live stream, video chat,
or just transfer large files from one device to another. Fortunately, once again, that was all secure
and safe in that special tunnel created by Windscribe VPN. Let's check out the subscription options for
Windscribe VPN. Windscribe VPN has some pretty interesting
configurations when it comes to subscription pricing. Of course, they give you that one-month plan,
which is nine dollars, pretty straightforward. They even have a year plan that's $49, which
cuts that down by more than half, which is about four dollars a month. What's really interesting is that you can
configure your own servers and get your price down to one dollar a month.

That's something we have not seen with any
of the other VPN providers out there. One thing to remember with this pricing model,
they only give you three days to try it out. That's their money-back guarantee. Three days, better use Windscribe to your
heart's content because, beyond that, you will not be able to get your refund. Let's check out the customer support options
with Windscribe VPN. Of course, you have an online help center. You can also fill out an online form or email
them. They also have a live chat feature and a subreddit
dedicated to FAQs and guides. They definitely don't lack for a manner of
getting answers to the questions you have. In our own experience, we wrote them a very
long email, with a litany of issues that we wanted resolved, and questions that we had. They responded to us very thoroughly within
24 hours. We found that to be pretty professional and
on point.

When it comes to what other people are thinking,
they have a 3.9 out of 5-star rating on Google, and a 3.6 out of the 5-star rating on Amazon. Of all those reviews, only two specifically
mention customer support for both Amazon and Google, and we got split decisions. One was positive and one was negative on both
Amazon and Google. However, using our experience and the fact
that there's not much of a sample size on the Internet for what people are thinking
about Windscribe, we thought that they're probably doing pretty well for customer support.

All right, hold on, quick break. I hope you're enjoying our Windscribe VPN
review. If you'd like to be kept up to date on all
our VPN and smart home security content, please subscribe to our channel. Let's get back to the video. The final element that we want to go over
today in our review of Windscribe VPN is the mobile applications. Of course, you can use it on Mac, Linux, and
Windows, but we wanted to look at how it works on mobile. In the Apple App Store, it has a 3.9 out of
5-star rating, which is pretty positive. It does even better in the Google Play Store
with 4.2 out of 5 stars. Let's go ahead and check it out on my iPhone
X. Here I am checking out the Windscribe VPN
app on my iPhone X.

If you'll note at the bottom, it tells you
how many gigabytes you have left on the VPN, because there are various options. You can customize Windscribe in a manner of
ways. You can upgrade that, you can downgrade, whatever
you like. It's a very flexible configurable VPN. It's pretty straightforward. You see the on and off button. I'm currently disconnected. Best location. Let's see if I wanted to go to Germany. I could tap Germany and boom. Here we are. Now, I'm in Germany on my Windscribe VPN. Let's see if I want to change to Switzerland. [non-English speech]. There we go. [non-English speech]. Let's go to the United Kingdom. Pretty straightforward. I love the options that you have with Windscribe
VPN. Let me go ahead and turn it off.

I tap on the upper left corner. We have our settings. You can see that there are very few options
here, and boom, we're ready to go. Ultimately, my thoughts on Windscribe VPN
is that it's pretty straightforward. There isn't too much to confuse you. You can tap on the very obvious power button
to connect or disconnect. You have a host of countries to choose from
in terms of where you want to be located, in terms of VPN standards.

It's a simple app. Generally, a pretty big fan of apps that are
simple. This is Windscribe VPN on my iPhone X. We've come a long way with the Windscribe
VPN, and you're wondering, Gabe, "Is this the right VPN for me?" Well, are you the kind of person who needs
unlimited simultaneous connections on unlimited devices because you are a person with a lot
of capacity? Well, Windscribe VPN is for you, baby. It has that going for it. It allows you to do whatever you want with
as many devices as you have. If you couple that with the fact that they
have one of the more affordable plans out there, you're doing pretty well. You can choose your own servers and get that
down to one dollar a month. Something to be wary of with Windscribe is
the fact that they are headquartered in Canada, which is a part of multiple international
alliances like 5, 9, and 14 Eyes.

If you couple that with the fact that they
do maintain a little bit more of your data than we would like including a timestamp of
your activity and all the parallel connections that you make, you may want to be wary of
their privacy settings, if you will. Overall, Windscribe VPN is a pretty solid
choice for a VPN. That concludes our review of Windscribe VPN. If you appreciate today's video, give us a
like and hit that subscribe button. As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron. Be secure. [music].

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