A VPN is quite another thing and what it is, is on the web. I would not use a VPN for what you asked.
I'm trying to get VPN for both my laptop and my iPhone. I had been reviewing articles about the best apps that provide VPN on your mobile device, but then learned that the iPhone itself (among other mobile devices) and my Windows on my computer can set up a VPN for you. So what is all this about apps and browser-based VPN? Is the iPhone or laptop's VPN system lacking in some way? Also: will this VPN protect me when I use both browser AND apps, or only browser activity?
Additional question as far as the laptop goes:
I'm trying to understand the technology and need clarification on how VPN works. Some have described it as remotely connecting to your server you have a private secure connection somewhere else, others have described it as obscuring your data from hacking, sounds like it's both. If this is the case, can someone confirm this: as long as I have my secured internet (via modem/router) active, I should be able to connect securely on public wifi via the VPN? Pardon the ignorance, you have no idea how many hours it's taking me to educate myself & I haven't set anything up yet bc I'm scared I'll mess up.