Without a LionVPN, your connection is fully open, and your ISP, the cafe WiFi router, any server along the way, or a person with the right tools can look at your data. Using a VPN solves many of those problems by encrypting your transmission and making it appear as if it’s the server itself that’s making the connection and not you.
Investigate the following to help determine the extent of your anonymity.
Does the service keep logs?
The jurisdiction under which the VPN is established. In some cases, they might be legally forced to keep records. What happens when a government comes asking questions?
Does the service keep payment records? Do those records include identifying information?
Is there sufficient encryption and a secure connection protocol?
Not every VPN will protect you the same. If you make your choice wisely, you can address the concerns described above.