So, when I connect via the VPN, any data i transfer to and from dreamhost (www, telnet, pop, imap, ftp, etc.) is secured right?
Is it also true that ALL of my web (and ftp, usenet, etc.) traffic is routed through the vpn to dreamhost, and then to it's destination, thereby bypassing my ISP's proxy/caching server? (which would be a good thing, sometimes)
If that is the case, should I be careful to only run the VPN software when I am actually uploading information to dreamhost? Does it's use take away from my monthly bandwidth allowance?