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7 Reasons You Should Use a VPN in Japan

12 May 2021

The world is getting smaller by the day. State lines and geographical boundaries are almost illusory, with people being able to share ideas, communicate and generally keep in touch with little more than the tap of a few buttons.

Japan is one country that is diligent about joining the fray. Its digital development is an envy of many other countries. However, this comes at a cost. The rise in technology has also brought with it a rise in the threats from the Internet. In addition, the Japanese authorities do not have an entirely favorable stance towards internet freedom. Therefore, using a VPN becomes imperative.

There is an overlap of the reasons you generally need a VPN and some of the reasons why VPN use is necessary for Japan. Here are some of them:

1. Greater Security

One of the main jobs of any VPN is to keep users safe while on the internet. Netizens have increasing causes to be worried about cybersecurity threats while using the internet. Hackers and other cybercriminals are deliberate about breaching the privacy of users and gaining access to their data.

You can mitigate this while in Japan. A VPN encrypts your traffic, making sure that you have no unauthorized access to your data. TrustZone, for instance, uses the best encryption systems to ensure that users stay impervious to attacks while on their networks.

2. To Evade Government Surveillance

It is not uncommon to hear of countries where the government spies on the citizens. In situations like this, the government connives with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to keep tabs on the activities of users. They collate data, monitor internet traffic, and even go as far as censoring users in some cases.

The Japanese authorities have not gotten to that extent yet. However, there are signs that the authorities are leaning towards conservatism as against internet liberty. You do not have to wait till that point to take measures to keep yourself safe. With a VPN such as TrustZone, even the government will be unable to have access to your internet traffic. The same way TrustZone’s encryption standards lock out cybercriminals is the same way it locks out even the Japanese authorities.

Users can count on the fact that TrustZone will not sell them out. This is because the Japanese authorities have no leverage over TrustZone. Firstly, the provider has its headquarters in Seychelles. This region is not part of any data-sharing surveillance alliance. Thus, the Seychelles authorities will not feel the need to share data with Japan. More so, TrustZone maintains a strict no-logs policy. This means that it wipes down users’ data as soon as they finish each session. Thus, even if they receive a subpoena from the Japanese authorities, there will be nothing to give up.

3. Access Japanese TV Abroad

Japan has a broad range of TV shows and movies that are, unfortunately, available only to users in Japan. This means that if you are outside of the country, even for brief periods, you will be unable to access any of the content meant strictly for Japanese users. Streaming providers in Japan can detect when users are connecting from locations outside Japan and easily block them.

However, users can get around this challenge with a VPN. For that to work, the VPN provider needs to have servers in Japan. Thus, the user outside Japan can connect to the VPN provider’s Japanese server, thereby altering their IP address to appear as though they are in Japan. Due to Japan’s nature, a lot of providers are unable to work successfully in the region. TrustZone is, however, the exception. With the available servers in Japan and excellent streaming speed, TrustZone is a reliable choice for Japan.

4. Hassle-free Torrenting

Torrenting and peer-to-peer file sharing are gaining momentum these days. This is because torrenting allows users to find files that are not readily available online. However, there are several problems with this practice. One of such is that torrented files are sometimes subject to copyright licenses. Hence, downloading this way could be a violation of Intellectual Property Laws. In addition, Internet Service Providers often frown at the idea of torrenting files. Thus, they deliberately throttle the speed of users engaged in this activity.

With a VPN, you can download files anonymously. That way, you will not run foul of the law. Also, since your traffic will be encrypted, you will stay protected and safeduring the entire process.

5. To Access Geo-blocked Locations from Japan

If you are also looking to access geo-restricted content of other locations while in Japan, a VPN makes that possible. As already stated, the process is as simple as connecting to a compatible VPN server for that region. When you do so, you will be able to get around the blocks on such platforms, having seamless and easy access.

For example, with TrustZone’s presence in more than 100+ zones, a user has ample room to connect and access content from several locations. These TrustZone locations include Russia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Australia, the United Kingdom, amongst others. Thus, to access geo-blocked content from streaming platforms such as  BBC iPlayer, Netflix, etc., a user just connects to any of the servers here and begins streaming immediately.

6. To Beat ISP Throttling

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) throttle the speed of users for several reasons. They could discover or suspect that a user is carrying out prohibited activities such as torrenting. Furthermore, it might be to discourage users from expending large amounts of data on the platform. Thus, when users engage in high-data activities such as streaming videos in HD, they discover that their speeds drop with time.

A VPN is also useful in this instance too. A provider such as TrustZone makes sure that the ISP is unaware of the activities that a user carries on while on the service. Thus, a user can surf, download, stream or torrent files without fear of being discovered. If the ISP is unaware of the activities of the user, there would be no need to throttle their speed.

7. Safe Public WiFi Use

Using a shared internet connection such as public WiFi can be appealing. Thus, while waiting for your turn at a doctor’s appointment or sitting at the library, a user may want to connect to a free internet service. However, these “freebies” come with unique threats. When connected to a shared service, anyone on the network can access your data. Thus, you leave yourself at the mercy of hackers and cybercriminals in such instances. Making the mistake of carrying out a sensitive activity such as accessing your banking details on using such services could spell doom for you.

However, a VPN proves useful in situations such as this too. TrustZone, for one, encrypts the data of users who log on to the service. It replaces the user’s IP address with its. Thus, when the user logs on to the shared internet service, what will be visible to everyone will be the IP address provided by the VPN company. Because it is encrypted, hackers and cybercriminals will be unable to access or steal users’ data.

Conclusion

Security threats are a dime a dozen on the internet these days. Internet users in Japan are not left out of these problems. Also, there are localized challenges with using the internet, especially in Japan. All of these can be eliminated with a VPN. This discussion highlights the reasons why the average Japanese internet user may want to integrate a VPN service into their internet use. Having considered this, you may want to get on a Trust.Zone VPN plan to stay protected while in Japan.

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