Since moving away from authoritarianism, free speech and open press was fairly welcomed, and the public could speak against established legislation and government without fear. But when it comes to the World Wide Web, like many other countries, Taiwanese governments tend to side with strict copyright laws similar to SOPA and PIPA, obviously pressured by the same parties. Taiwan had a great economic boom with trading, and technology has helped them grow and become one of the most connected countries in Asia.
Back in 2013, the government had proposed to pass an internet blacklist law. More than 45,000 Taiwanese citizens protested against the bill, while media warned the public of how dangerous the new bill would be, comparing it to the Great Firewall of China. Although the government defended the bill, advising it would never block major US sites, or censor the internet other than shutting down illegal sites, it’s plain to see how giving the government power to censor the internet could be misused.
For the moment, the situation remains stable, but online privacy concerns have grown within, and more internet users now opt to encrypt their data. P2P remains a popular way to share files, and VPNs can effectively protect your data from being sniffed by your ISP.
Another big reason to use a VPN in Taiwan is to further open access to regional content such as Hulu, Netflix. HBO. Having more direct routes to US servers can also be useful at providing fast connections to gaming servers, as traditional routes used by local internet providers could often be much slower. The same can be said for gamers in other countries trying to access games only available in Taiwan.
Below are my best VPN for Taiwan Picks.
ExpressVPN – Full Review
ExpressVPN is well equipped for Taiwan users both locally and abroad. Local servers cover the country, Asia, and all other key streaming locations with close to 80 countries total on their list. Speed is guaranteed to be great both in Taiwan or to access local content. The company maintains a great VPN network that provides direct routes for fast ping response across long distances. The network is designed to handle high definition video streaming, gaming, and high data transfers such as P2P. Software clients are well coded for a superb experience all around. You can try the service risk free thanks to ExpressVPN’s outstanding 30 day money back guarantee.
Hide My Ass – Full Review
Hide My Ass has a huge coverage of over 180+ countries, and Taiwan has 4 high speed servers available locally, but you can be sure to have complete access to Asia, North America, or anywhere else for that matter. HMA does not keep data logs, but some metadata is retained for a limited time. As far as security goes, the service has made up for any past scrutiny. Speed, access and security all pass with spades, and with such an extensive coverage of Asia, they make a great VPN for Taiwan.
PureVPN – Full Review
If you’re looking for a lower cost provider, PureVPN is your friend. They have local Taiwanese server coverage, including another 100+ countries with great speeds. Extra features such as; USA and UK portal streaming browsers that make HD streaming possible on slow connections, are available at extra cost, but the basic VPN service costs around $4 on the yearly plan and allows up to 5 devices to connect simultaneously. Software is available for all major platforms, and easy to follow setup tutorials for all sorts of devices and routes are available on the website.
IPVanish – Full Review
A top choice for speed, security and simplicity, IPVanish is a straight forward VPN provider. They have a no fuss no log policy, great software, 256-bit OpenVPN encryption, and a very fast network. They concentrated on building a short route, secure tier-1 network covering all important locations over the globe. In the past few years, they have grown to become one of the largest service providers available. Streaming and gaming over VPN require excellent ping times and speeds, and IPVanish delivers on that end. Unfortunately, they do not currently have any servers located in Taiwan, scoring them lower on the list. They do have great coverage of North America, Europe and Asia in general, so for those whom don’t need local servers, they make a great choice for speed.
Private Internet Access (PIA) – Full Review
Just like IPVanish, Private Internet Access does not currently have any servers located in Taiwan. But because of the lowest cost of the bunch, coming in at only $3.33 per month on the yearly plan, allowing for up to 5 simultaneous devices to be connected per account, I decided they are worth mentioning for Taiwan and Asia in general. Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan are covered, but thousands of servers cover a total of 17 countries, and 28 regions. You can test server speeds directly on the website before signing up. If the service has all the server locations you need for your VPN use, they offer the best bang for your buck in Taiwan. I highly suggest them for users looking to unblock overseas services, but remain on a tight budget.