Windscribe is a Canadian VPN provider with ad blocking and privacy features that are not always available with different providers. Interestingly it comes with both Windows application and browser extention, depending if you need all or only World Wide Web traffic routed through their service.
Windscribe is currently offering 40GB signing up bonus (no purchase nor credit card information is necessary) for new VPN users. Including monthly allowance of 10GB, you will get 50GB of free VPN bandwidth for the first month.
To get signing up bonus visit (affiliate link):
1. Sign up as free user
2. Validate email
3. Use Coupon: 50GBFREE
Windscribe offers good value even for free users who get VPN, ad blocking and social tracking protection as well as P2P VPN tunneling.
All major platforms are supported and list of them with setup guides is available on Windscribe’s website.
Privacy conscious among us will be happy to know that no website access logs are being saved, however information about session time and used bandwidth allowance is being saved for billing purposes.
Although most of the reviewers are happy with the Windscribe (4/5 from VPN fan, 9.3/10 from Consumer Advocate, while 4.5/5 for Features and Support categories and 5/5 in Security and Speed tests from best-vpn.net) there are some concerns voiced by That One Privacy Guy in his Simple VPN Comparison Chart:
I managed to find reddit post outlining why Windscribe scored so low in Business ethics category:
There’s another chart on that site with more detail. Looks like the ethics part is red because of these sections:The spam ones seem to be about the “tweet to get more data” thing. I’m not sure why they gave you red on the other 2. I signed up for Pro yesterday. Hoping to do some speed tests tonight, but a quick test of Canada East on my phone was pretty good. Thanks /u/o2pb for this service.
Incentivizes Social Media Spam
These companies offer rewards such as extra data allowances or free service time to users posting about their service on social media. This clogs up research channels and pads the number of likes (and therefore attention) a given service or feature has that it might not otherwise.
This also includes affiliates who post “deals” on behalf of the company to bring in traffic.
This in turn could mislead the honest customer.
Email or comment spam
Companies that expect their affiliates to use ethically acceptable copy (keywords, terms, metatags, descriptions and webdesigns) in their advertising campaigns. Ethically acceptable copy is considered copy that is in no way deceptive, nor imposes upon the trademarks, copyrights or intellectual property of another product, company or entity. Purchasing advertisements on search engines with the names of the represented companies is strictly prohibited.
Requires Full Disclosure
This includes, but is not limited to, Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255 (or equivalent): Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, which requires, among other criteria, that material connections between advertisers and endorsers be disclosed. This means that directories, review/rating sites, blogs and other websites, email or collateral that purport to provide an endorsement or assessment of an advertiser must prominently disclose the fact financial or inkind compensation is provided from the advertiser.
It’s up to you to decide if benefits outweigh the risks. I feel that it is solid offering for free account and will be using Windscribe VPN service whenever I need to get around geoblock.