What is a VPN?

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to connect to the internet through an encrypted tunnel, changing your IP and anonymizing your connection in the process. This means that you are able to use a public internet connection, like one in your home or at a cafe, by first encrypting your traffic, sending it to our VPN server, and then to the internet. This allows you to keep your data safe regardless of where you choose to connect to the internet. It prevents the network administrators or internet service providers (ISP) from collecting and storing all your browsing activity and then potentially selling it off for profit. Enabling Windscribe on your device means that your ISP or network administrator will only ever see one connection from that device and that is to Windscribe. No matter what website you're on or what app you're using, the only internet communication would be between your device and the Windscribe VPN server.

The anonymization of your traffic is also very beneficial and it works by connecting you to an IP that many other people are using. When many users are all on the same IP, there is no way to trace back the specific traffic to any one person. We do not analyze or log any user activity while on the VPN so without these logs, it's impossible to tell who was doing what on which IP.

Finally, because the VPN changes your IP address, another popular use for a it is to appear in different places around the world. When you connect to the VPN, you can select which region you want to appear in. For example, if there is a website or app that only works in Japan and you are located in the USA, then you can connect to one of Windscribe's VPN servers in Japan and it will appear to the website or app as though you are actually located there.