Let's say that I'm at Larry's Coffee Shop and they advertise that they have open WiFi. I open my laptop and find 2 open networks available, both called "Larry's Coffee". One of these is the authentic network, the other is run by a hacker.
If I run a VPN on my laptop, is there ANY benefit to connecting to to the authentic network vs. connecting to the hacker network?
My thoughts: If I connect to the hacker's network I guess he could throttle my speed or deny me access to the internet altogether. However, from a privacy / security point of view, are they the same? We can assume that whatever is on the other side of the VPN is trustworthy. (and yes, I realize that Larry's open network isn't too secure to begin with, but is better than one run by a hacker).