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Developer(s)Windscribe Limited[1]
Initial releaseApril 20, 2016; 5 years ago (April 20, 2016)[2]
    Operating system
    TypeVirtual private network
    LicenseCommercial proprietary software Logo.png Search Windscribe on Amazon.

    Windscribe is a commercial VPN service provider with applications for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS with support for routers and other platforms via custom configurations.[3]

    Windscribe is located in Canada, which participates in the Five and Fourteen Eyes alliances.


    Windscribe was founded by Yegor Sak and Alex Paguis in 2016, as stated in company filings and public webpages[4][5]. Windscribe's goal is to "aim to develop easy to use yet powerful tools that allow anyone to circumvent censorship", giving help to those in need of jurisdictions with high levels of internet censorship and to increase online privacy.[6]

    Windscribe launched in open beta on April 14, 2016[7], and launched fully on April 20, 2016.

    On October 15th, 2018, Windscribe released a transparency report which detailed how many requests they receive from copyright and law enforcement agencies.[8]

    In January 2021, Windscribe began beta testing ControlD, a new standalone DNS-based ad and tracker service, a direct competitor to a service like NextDNS.[9][10]

    As of July 27th, 2021, Windscribe has over 100 servers in 63 countries.[11]


    Windscribe uses industry-standard virtual private network protocols to encrypt and route a user's connection to one of their servers. Windscribe uses the OpenVPN, Internet Key Exchange v2/IPsec, and WireGuard protocols in its applications and manual configurations. Windscribe servers support P2P file sharing and is promoted as a no-log VPN service from their privacy policy.[12][13][14]

    Windscribe has desktop applications for Windows and macOS, with a command-line utility for Linux, and mobile applications for iOS, Android, and Android TV.[15] Windscribe also offers encrypted proxy support via browser extensions on Chrome and Firefox browsers. Windscribe users can connect unlimited simultaneous devices.[16]

    In November 2018, Windscribe introduced R.O.B.E.R.T, a customizable DNS-based ad and tracker blocker.[17]

    In October 2019, Windscribe released new browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.[18]

    In July 2020, Windscribe added support for the WireGuard VPN protocol, which has gained traction among many other commercial VPN providers who have implemented it in their service.[19][20]

    On April 16, 2021, Windscribe released new versions of the desktop application which included split tunneling, WireGuard support, and native support for custom configurations to support other VPN providers with the Windscribe client.[21]


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    Controversies and security incidents[edit]

    Windscribe has been accused of violating the GNU General Public License by uBlock Origin developer Raymond Hill in 2018, after it was discovered that the browser extensions contained an outdated version of the code with GPL license information removed, and no credit given.[22] On August 11th, 2020, Hill again criticized Windscribe for failing to comply with the GPL and/or removing uBlock Origin from its extension.[23]

    2021 server seizure incident[edit]

    On July 8th, 2021, Windscribe disclosed that two VPN servers hosted in Ukraine were seized by local authorities on June 24th, 2021. On the disk of the VPN servers contained an OpenVPN private key, which could have been used to impersonate a Windscribe VPN server and capture traffic running through it. Windscribe had failed to encrypt the servers in question, allowing for the retrieval of the private key. In addition, Windscribe ran servers with an OpenVPN feature that was deprecated since 2018, which could have led to decryption of traffic in finite situations.[24][25] According to Windscribe, this attack could only be pulled off with a "very high level of resources", and that the company would be overhauling its OpenVPN server stack to follow "industry standards", alongside running servers in RAM and having an independent audit performed.[26]

    See also[edit]

    • Comparison of virtual private network services
    • Encryption
    • Internet privacy
    • Secure communication
    • Virtual private network


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    10. "ControlD: Bypass geo-restrictions, block tracking, and be more". Retrieved 2021-08-19.
    11. Watts, Rob (2021-07-27). "Windscribe Review: A Budget-Friendly VPN For Unlimited Device Protection". Forbes Advisor. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
    12. A, Zohair (2017-05-21). "Windscribe VPN Review: Is it Safe and is it Secure?". Online Security News, Reviews, How To and Hacks. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
    13. May 2021, Mike Williams 11 (2021-05-11). "Windscribe VPN review". TechRadar. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
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    15. "Windscribe VPN Review: Is It the Best Free VPN of 2021?". Retrieved 2021-08-19.
    16. "Windscribe VPN Review 2021: Is It a Good VPN?". CyberNews. 2021-07-29. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
    17. Sak, Yegor (2019-04-08). "Meet R.O.B.E.R.T — Malware and Ad Blocker". Medium. Retrieved 2021-08-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    18. Sak, Yegor (2019-10-08). "New Browser Extensions — v3". Medium. Retrieved 2021-08-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    19. Sak, Yegor (2021-08-10). "Introducing WireGuard". Medium. Retrieved 2021-08-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    20. Prall, Derek; VPN; June 30, Cybersecurity Expert Updated; Copied!, 2021. "Windscribe VPN Review 2021 | Is Windscribe Good?". Retrieved 2021-08-19.
    21. Sak, Yegor (2021-04-17). "Desktop App 2.0". Medium. Retrieved 2021-08-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    22. "R. Hill on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2021-08-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    23. "R. Hill on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2021-08-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    24. July 2021, Mayank Sharma 28 (2021-07-28). "Windscribe VPN servers seized by authorities were not encrypted". TechRadar. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
    25. Goodin, Dan (2021-07-26). "VPN servers seized by Ukrainian authorities weren't encrypted". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
    26. Sak, Yegor (2021-07-08). "OpenVPN Security Improvements and Changes". Medium. Retrieved 2021-08-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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