Windscribe

Windscribe

Protects all of your computer activity like browsing, Skype, email and p2p
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Windscribe is a powerful utility that helps you protect your privacy and security while surfing the Internet. The program installs a virtual network card on your system and uses it to create a Virtual Private Network (VPN) between your PC and a remote server. It, in turn, hides your real IP address and assigns you an alternative one, so that you can surf the Internet right as if you were on the location of the selected server.

Getting an alternative, remote IP address gives you the opportunity to access geo-restricted websites, like entertainment and news ones you could not access with the local IP address assigned by your ISP. Also, with Windscribe you can bypass the restrictions imposed by your company, ISP or government, and avoid the tracking of your online activity. All the information you transmit is encrypted, so that you can be sure it will not be stolen. In addition, the program provides you with a firewall feature that automatically blocks all Internet traffic while you are disconnected from Windscribe service, and you also count on an ads blocking service which makes your anonymous surfing experience even better.

Using this tool is so easy that even beginners can do it without problems. Firstly, you need to create an account with Windscribe by providing a valid e-mail address, and then you need to configure it on the desktop app. Once you do so, you can connect to and disconnect from the service according to your needs, being you able to choose the country you want to get your new IP address from, among nearly 50 options that include countries from all the continents. Anyway, you can let the program decide the best remote location for you and use it automatically. The mentioned firewall function can also be enabled or disabled with just a single click.

Finally, if for whatever reason you don't want to install a system-wide app but still want to protect your online privacy and security, you can alternatively use the browser extensions the publishers provide for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera. Also, you have installers for multiple platforms like Linux, MacOS, iOS, Android and BlackBerry, and there are even packages for your routers. You can use Windscribe service for free, but you are limited to 10GB per month, 1 device and basic configuration options only. If that is not enough for you, you can upgrade to the Pro edition of the program, starting at $9 per month.

Ricardo Soria
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Review summary

Pros

  • Protects your online privacy and security.
  • Hides your real IP address.
  • Access geo-restricted websites.
  • Bypass the restrictions imposed by your company, ISP or government.
  • Prevents your online activity from being tracked.
  • Encrypts the information your send to Internet.
  • Includes a firewall feature.
  • Includes an ads blocking service.
  • Offers you remote servers on nearly 50 countries around the world.
  • Offers browser extensions and multiplatform installers.

Cons

  • Offers you just 10GB per month on a single device for free.

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