Mostly, yes.Sorry but I am a real novice. When I sign up they give me an ip addres and settings. What specifically do I do then? Do I have to login to their network each time I want to use VPN?
So if I download an app. what happens when I first open my computer? Do I open the app next and will I be able to use any of my browsers via that app?Some VPN providers have browser plugins where only the browser goes thru the VPN connection. Check with your provider, it might be easier for you to work around that.
In generic case, you add a new network connection (either thru "Network and Sharing" app, or thru specific app), then enter your credentials, and here you go - all your Internet connections (browsers, apps, games etc) run thru that VPN tunnel.
Privacy, from who or what?Looking for more privacy.
It dwepends on the app in question... If your provider supports PPTP (Windows) protocol, you will need to "connect" to that network after you login. If your providers uses OpenVPN, it's similar way - you open the app, click "connect", wait for credentials exchange, done.So if I download an app. what happens when I first open my computer? Do I open the app next and will I be able to use any of my browsers via that app?