Windscribe VPN service undoubtedly offers a good value on its feature for users on a lower budget. It provides a cheap annual price for relatively outstanding features. Private Internet Access, on the other hand, can be considered average in terms of the features and functionality it offers when compared to the price.
Despite PIA being cheaper in comparison to Windscribe VPN, the service falls short across a number of important features. This is one of the factors in addition to others that this Windscribe VPN vs Private Internet Access review will draw a comparison between the two.
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Security and privacy
The first feature that we consider is the security and privacy of users. Can Windscribe walk the walk in terms of security features or will PIA outshine it?
Windscribe provides military-grade AES 256-bit encryption, a firewall that prevents DNS, IPv6, and WebRTC leaks, and the R.O.B.E.R.T feature that prevents tracking, among others. It also supports port forwarding so that users can remotely access their systems securely. The browser extension also has an Adblocker that blocks third-party advertisements.
Private Internet Access uses both AES-128-bit encryption and AES-256-bit encryption ciphers. There’s also support for OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols. A kill switch feature is also available to safeguard against connection interruptions.
All these are standard features which any serious VPN service provider should include in the standard package.
The deal breaker for PIA when it comes to privacy is its U.S based location. The United States is part of the ‘Five Eyes’ country groups that form a strong intelligence-sharing network. Furthermore, in the U.S, government surveillance is a major drawback within the VPN circles. Therefore, in terms of online security and privacy, Windscribe does a better job than PIA.
Speed and performance
This is another important factor in this Windscribe vs PIA review. Download and upload speeds are some of the core driving aspects of any successful VPN service.
Windscribe understands this factor all too well and has therefore invested in 480+ servers spread across more than 60 countries. These numbers seem to be enough because its speeds are above giants like NordVPN, TorGuard, and ExpressVPN.
As for Private Internet Access, users based in Asia, South America and Africa are likely to experience slower speeds as compared to their counterparts in North America and Europe. This owes to the fact that the service has an uneven server distribution around the globe. More than 3300 servers are concentrated in Europe and America, depriving Asian and African users of faster speeds.
However, PIA’s speeds are still good for an average VPN service, but compared to Windscribe, there’s still a lot of justice to be done in order for the two services to match up.
Ease of use and customer support
Both Private Internet Access and Windscribe can be used on the following platforms:
- Browser extensions like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
When it comes to usability, Windscribe offers a more user-friendly interface for all the supported platforms. The desktop client offers personalized setting features to help users adjust the app to suit their needs.
In terms of support, there isn’t a dedicated support agent despite having a chatbot feature that can handle less demanding user queries. Windscribe has a ticketing system where users can submit any support issue. Clearly, both VPN services do not seem to have done a lot in terms of customer support.
Torrenting and P2P
Windscribe is more torrent-friendly than Private Internet Access because of its speed. PIA has a large number of its servers concentrated in Europe and America making it quite unfavorable when it comes to torrenting speeds and peer-to-peer file transfer.
Nonetheless, Private Internet Access provides a secure torrenting and file-sharing environment due to its robust security features.
For this Windscribe vs Private Internet Access review, PIA carries the day when it comes to P2P file sharing.
Unblocking Netflix and other entertainment platforms
Netflix’s attempts to block some of its content due to certain copyright issues is something that Windscribe users don’t have to worry about. This is because the VPN service provides dedicated servers called WindFlix US and WindFlix UK that work perfectly with Netflix. These servers do not encrypt your traffic, giving you higher streaming speeds. Not only does Windscribe give users quality Netflix streaming but the service also offers BBC iPlayer, NBC and Amazon Prime.
Private Internet Access, on the other hand, is less successful on this frontier since it doesn’t unblock Netflix in some locations such as the U.K, Canada, Japan, and Germany. Although in several other countries like the US and the Netherlands, PIA seems to work seamlessly.
As a result, Windscribe provides better opportunities for streaming Netflix and other entertainment platforms.
We’ve discussed features that are important to VPN users and weighed both of these VPN services based on these aspects. Security is one and Windscribe comes out top due it the fact that it has a no-logging policy. Despite being located in Canada; they seem to have kept the no-logging policy.
Windscribe also outperforms Private Internet Access when it comes to supporting Netflix and other streaming services. In addition, Windscribe is better for P2P file sharing and torrenting.
Regarding ease of use, both VPN services carry the day with support for multiplatform devices. However, they both lack live chat support and use a ticketing system.
As a result of all these factors, Windscribe emerges as the better choice between the two.