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Windscribe VPN
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It is well known that the number of worldwide security vulnerabilities is growing, which together with   the attack vectors will expose many users to high risks. There is currently no data retention law in the US, but many countries with repressive or non-democratic governments continuously do censorship and restrictions on the internet service. Some other countries do require Internet Service Providers to collect and log customer data.  In addition, anonymous surfing is still one of the important issues since the famous Snowden revelations.

Despite the new security features developed by Microsoft, windows 10 computers still contain a lot of personal information and with all the security issues created by hackers, Internet censorship, identity theft, and ISPs' monitoring activities, your online privacy has never been more threatened or important.

Windscribe VPN for Windows is a very powerful online security and privacy solution for your Windows computer. It includes a set of tools that work together to block ads, trackers and web beacons, restore access to blocked content and help you safeguard your privacy online. The program has two main components; desktop VPN application, and browser extension, when used together, you will enjoy much greater protection. You can anonymously stream, download and browse content.

Windscribe technology encrypts data sent and received over the internet while protecting your online identity and personal information like passwords, emails, instant messages and downloads. It will protect your Internet connection and encrypt activity so you can safely surf the internet whether you are at work, home or in public. You can quickly and easily access blocked or censored content, including social media.

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Download:

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Size: 14.50 Mb (desktop)

Current version: 1.61

Release date: Dec 12, 2016

Installation:

You have to download the program then simply double click and follow on screen instructions to complete your installation. You will be asked to give permission for VPN driver installation (desktop version).

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Create an account:

If this is your first time to use the program you will need to create an account for free. This will offer you 2GB traffic for free. No email is required for account creation. If you need to increase your free traffic to 10 GB, you can easily do this through confirmation of a valid email.

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Using the FREE version:

After account creation, you can use the free version. It has some limitations such as use on one device, 8 server locations available, limited bandwidth

Purchase (Upgrade to Pro):

Many subscriptions options are available for the pro version. You can choose the monthly or the yearly plan. There is a limited free version available

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Server Locations:

Windscribe servers are located in 45 countries, for the full list of the available countries visit here:

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The pro version offers you access to all available servers

Features:

Access Anything from Anywhere (Unblock geo-restricted content):

Internet was meant to be open, but that's no longer the case. Services providers block users from different countries, and governments block entire sections of the Internet. Break out of corporate and government firewalls and Unlock geo-restricted content. Windscribe VPN masks your IP address. This gives you unrestricted and private access to entertainment, news sites, and blocked content in over 30 different countries.

Stop tracking and browse privately

Governments block content based on your location. Corporations track and sell your personal data. Add Windscribe VPN to your browser and take back control of your privacy.

Leave No Trace

Leave no digital footprints behind. The desktop apps and browser extensions work together to reduce your exposure to tracking and surveillance.

Stop leaking personal information

Prevent hackers from stealing your data while you use public WiFi, and block annoying advertisers from stalking you online. Just a VPN will not protect you from this.

Share Privacy with Others

Use Secure.link next time you send anyone a link to anything and show how much tracking is actually happening on most websites.

EVERYTHING deleted

Your privacy is a right. No track. No logs are kept

Take your browsing history to your grave:

Windscribe encrypts your activity, never leaks your DNS information and will never track you.

Go beyond basic VPN protection

For comprehensive privacy protection, use the desktop VPN and browser combo (they’re both free).

Easy to use

High internet speed

Changelog:

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Compare Windscribe with other VPN solutions:

Many comparisons with different VPN apps are available to help you and let you know how to select the app that best suits your needs. Please visit here:

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Now let’s discuss in more details what are the features that make Windscribe VPN good choice for you:

The program has two components namely, a desktop client and browser extension.

The desktop application is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) client. It creates an encrypted tunnel from your computer to specific application servers, and all your activity is sent through the tunnel. This will help to mask your IP address when visiting any website or using an app (for example; skype, email providers, BitTorrent and so on). Also, your ISP cannot track you or see what you are doing online.

Connection to server: Simply select any location you want and connect, you will appear as if you were physically located in that country. Your IP address will be changed to the location you have selected

Connection modes: These modes allow you to easily connect to online servers using different ports and protocols. This will help you to remain connected if a certain port is blocked for example. Three modes are present; the default connection mode is UDP (the fastest), if failed you can use TCP (slower). If both modes fail, you can use TCP protocol via Stunnel (Stealth). This may be handy in China.

Firewall: blocks any internet connectivity which may occur outside the connection to Windscribe servers. In that way no data leak your true IP address. This is useful, for example if you restart your computer or Wi-Fi suddenly drops or. It is recommended to enable the built-in firewall feature so that you can be sure that your true IP address doesn't get exposed.

Firewall modes: Three modes are available, you can choose the mode that suits you best. The default mode is the automatic; firewall will be enabled when you connect, and disabled when you disconnect from a location. It will remain on even if your connection suddenly drops. The manual mode lets you turn the firewall on or off according to your needs. The third mode is “always on” where the firewall is always on, and cannot be disabled. When you're disconnected from Windscribe, internet connection will stop.

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Features of the desktop app:

Extra Layer of Security: Using a Windscribe will give you an additional layer of security. You can buy securely without giving away your location, stay safe on public networks and while transferring files. It will also help to keep all your data, video calls, search histories, and financial data private

Bypass Censorship:  With Windscribe VPN strong encryption that offers security and privacy, you can bypass firewalls and restriction quickly and easily. It will provide you with unlimited access to a truly open, free Internet which lets you unlock regional content and navigate around censorship restrictions

Fast and Secure Internet Access:  Windscribe VPN make your personal information inaccessible to third party agents (such as hackers, ISPs..etc ). It perform this via encryption of the traffic between your windows computers and secured servers.  Windscribe networks are optimized to provide unlimited bandwidth and speed.

Notification Area Icon:

This icon gives you menu with many options to help you. Disconnect/Connect, locations, preferences, help and exit

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Location after it has been changed by Desktop app:

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The browser extension:

This is a very powerful online security and privacy solution. It provides a "Lite" VPN client, which does the same thing as the desktop one, but only in your browser. It blocks thousands of ad beacons and trackers that could follow you across the websites you visit, and compromise your privacy even if you are already using a VPN.
It also blocks various "social widgets", such as Facebook Like buttons, Twitter badges, etc, which are embedded into millions of websites and report all your activity to their respective companies.
It's Simple to Start. All you have to do is to add the browser extension, turn it on, and you're protected online. The program supports Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera browsers. Running Windscribe VPN for browser extension gives you much better security and privacy, where no hacker, advertiser and ISP can intercept your web activities.

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Notification area Icon:

Many options are available using this icon menu, for example; run in the background, run VPN service, task manager, about and exit

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Connect to online server locations:

Using the browser extension, you can connect to any location in different countries. Similar to the desktop app, your true IP address will be masked. Again, this is only for the browser not other apps

The program has two features which will help you, these include cruise control and double hop

Cruise Control: is a unique feature that automatically connects you to the best server which is closest to you, so you have optimal speeds. At the same time, it helps to bypass geo-blocked content through automatic switch to a specific location.

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Double Hop: If you have the browser extension installed while using the desktop app, you can connect to a second location which helps to further mask your traffic. However, your Internet connection get slower.

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Browser Extension Menu Options:

This is accessible from the left upper corner. It direct you to a new window with many options to choose from. These include recent secure links, privacy options, help, my account, upgrade to Pro version and logout

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Privacy Options:

This is a unique Windscribe feature that works with desktop client to help maintain your privacy online. There are four options available; ad blocker which blocks ads and loads websites much faster. Anti-social which strip out all social trackers (for example twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+) from websites you visit. This will stop them from reporting your activities to their individual companies. Untraceable; this feature helps to remove known ad beacons and trackers from the websites you visit. Split Personality; helps to fight browser fingerprinting through rotation of your browser's user agent every time you start your browser.

Some sites rely on trackers to function, in this case blocking the tracker may cause these sites to break. You can whitelist sites that exhibit this behavior by clicking the "whitelist it" button at the bottom of the extension home screen.

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Features and benefits of the Browser VPN

Protect your identity and personal information
Keep your online activity secure and private.
Get around online censorship
Explore the internet unrestricted and free from prying eyes.
Protect your privacy on public Wi-fi
Encrypts and secures your internet connection preventing others from tracking your browsing activity.

Now, we need to ask do we need to use both apps or one is enough?

Most users have a popular belief that using a VPN client will keep them anonymous and secure.  If you do this, you need to use some extreme measures that can make your internet connection very slow. In addition, marketers, criminals and governments can still track you and compromise your privacy. The browser extension offers you extra protection which is important to keep you secure and to improve your chances of staying anonymous.

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Secure.link generator:

This is an awareness tool which shows you the amount of website tracking. It allows you to create secure links right from your browser, as easily as right clicking on any page and selecting "Copy Secure.link" or by using the home screen of the extension.
It will scan the website you try to visit for known trackers and ad beacons that will compromise your privacy. Next, it will generate a screenshot of the page, create a "report card" and give a privacy score of the website. Now, you can then send this link to anyone. You can add a password or even force install the program to get to the destination page.

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Desktop app Menu:

This is accessible from the left upper corner. It opens a new window with many options to choose from. These include help me, preferences, my account, Sign Out and quit the app.

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Preferences:

These are the program settings. It includes four main categories; general, connection, proxy and debug

General:

This category includes many options such as launch on windows startup, autoconnect to the most recent location, allow LAN traffic with firewall turned on, show notifications and minimize to tray. Also language interface and user account name

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Connection:

This category includes many options such as firewall mode, connection mode, API resolution

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Proxy:

This category includes the proxy settings of your network

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Debug:

This includes the options to view log, send log, disable IPv6 and advanced parameters

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Pros:

Unlock censored contents
Keeps your privacy
Easy to use and fast
Secure link generator
Many server locations available
Protect your identity and personal information
And many more

Cons:  None

Conclusion:

Windscribe is a complete VPN solution designed to encrypt your browsing activity, blocks ads, unblocks entertainment content and keep your security and privacy. It is suitable for the daily activities of both casual and experienced users. You will easily access streaming worldwide services. In addition, you will enjoy high download speeds and protection of unsecure Wi-Fi.
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#2
Great Review  Bravo

i think whitelist  is a Great & Unique 

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#3
thanks you so much for detailed review as always Heart Heart
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#4
Good review, thanks.
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#5
thanks for review Tarek..Smile
What I found in previous version is that Windscribe doesn't support desktop application auto-upgradation, does this issue get solved in new version of this?
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#6
Thanks for the review !
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#7
Excellent, professional & thorough review tarekma7.......Thank You for the detailed review
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#8
Thanks for another excellent done review Tarek.
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#9
He don't miss much doing a review Smile
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