I have a paid account with a VPN provider ([url=https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/]Private Internet Access), a paid subscription to Malware Bytes and MSSE is up to date.
I’m sitting in a public library, connected to the Internet via an open connection that I assume is the library’s (but anyone can name their SSID to match the library’s naming convention). After activating the VPN, my public IP address changed and its general location matches the region I set in the VPN panel.
Assuming I didn’t make a mistake in connecting (and assuming no keyloggers or other malicious local programs), am I now relatively free to treat this computer as if I’m at home? That is, can I log in to sites with my password, enter credit card information, download Windows and other updates, etc.? Or am I vastly misunderstanding the use/function of a VPN?