I pay for my home connection. But depending on where you go, you may find free wireless hotspots.
No problem in that department, except for “this video isn’t available in your country for copyright reasons” for certain YouTube videos. :fume:
As said above, Taiwan is not China.
I assume you mean tap water? Taipei’s tap water is supposed to be drinkable, but I filter it in any case. You never know what may be going on between the time the water leaves the treatment plant and the time it leaves your faucet.
In Kaohsiung, don’t even drink boiled tap water. The water has relatively high concentrations of arsenic (enough to make George W. Bush envious) that occurs naturally from the surrounding soils. Drink bottled water there.
There are all three, as anywhere. But compared to the rest of the world, Taiwan is one of the safest places on the planet.
Most thievery here that you may have to worry about comes in the form of home burglaries, which is why so many apartments have bars on the windows. Choose a secure apartment. You don’t really have to worry about muggings or pickpocketing, though take precautions anyway: despite their utter rarity, I’ve heard stories. And I did once encounter a gang of pickpockets at a crowded event. In any case, the few muggers and pickpockets that do exist will probably target locals, who are more likely to carry large wads of cash on them than foreigners do.
Gangsters: if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you.
Diseases: there are diseases such as dengue fever and scrub typhus that can be caught deep in the wilderness, but the chances you’ll catch these is exceedingly low. You may have to contend with travellers’ diarrhea, as anyone who moves to a new country will experience.
Yes. Many. But as said above, keep your apartment clean and you’ll have few problems.