Estimated release date:

  • v1.1.2 firmware August 10, 2019.
  • v1.1.1 extension
    • Chrome August 6, 2019
    • Firefox August 8, 2019

Winston will automatically update its firmware when new versions are released.

Extensions will automatically update, assuming the user has maintained default settings in their browser.

This is a minor release primarily intended to provide some fixes and improve user experience:


  • Fix: Some Winstons were not properly recognized by the dashboard, which then displayed Demo data.
  • Fix: Users were unable to create a new PIN.
  • Fix: Users were often unsuccessful in logging in with their PIN.
  • Fix: Stability of the Requests Per Day chart was improved.
  • Fix: Changes to some Advanced Settings toggles weren’t consistently saving properly.


  • Improvement: Some Amazon devices flood Winston with hundreds of thousands of tracking requests which are blocked, causing connections to be dropped. We have implemented an in-memory block filter and throttled blocked connections to slow them down.
  • Improvement: Ability to handle recursive DNS calls, which improved the ability to resolve domain names associated with those sites, including Microsoft, in particular.
  • Improvement: The threshold for some low-bandwidth streaming, such as commercials and some talk radio, which routes through the Distributed Privacy Mesh Network was increased to 10 minutes.
  • Improvement: Winston now blocks more tracking pixels in email.
  • Fix: The Enable Privacy Mesh Network toggle wasn't consistently removing Winston from the Distributed Privacy Mesh Network.


  • Fix: Chrome extension was not consistently respecting Allowed Sites entries.
  • Improvement: General improvements in handling of Allowed Sites were made.