What other benefits does a VPN provide?
When you connect through a secure VPN, your IP address becomes the one of the trusted server you are connected to. Therefore, as you surf the internet, the web site owner does not know who you are and cannot collect information on you based on your IP address.
In addition, many places restrict access to where you can surf. When you connect through a personal VPN you are able to surf to any web site since all the requests are made from the remote server, outside the control of the local network owner. Many people who live in foreign countries which limit their internet and IP phone services use a personal VPN to get around those limitations.
A lot of people outside of the USA cannot access certain web sites that are only available from US IP addresses.