When it comes to the use of a VPN provider, the extremely paranoid might find that it is not all that much safer to trust your anonimity to them than it is to depend on your ISP. After all, the VPN will get your real IP, and might log your traffic, and give you up to the authorities if pressed. Of course, all of them will swear they wouldn't, but in the end there's only one sure way to find out, and you won't like it. Being moderately paranoid myself, I'd like to know if this situation might work: You choose a VPN, and you pay for the service anonymously (several VPN providers offer various methods for this). Then, whenever you need to surf anonymously or do some safe P2P sharing, you go somewhere where you can get free Wi-fi, be it your local library, cafe, college or whatever. You connect using your VPN, and you do whatever you're supposed to do. When you're done, you go home. Theoretically, your VPN provider knows nothing about you, since the IP they got was from some public place, and the traffic they might have logged (if they did) cannot possibly be attributed to you (you're not the owner of that line, nor have anything to do with it). The actual owner of the line got nothing on you either, since whatever you did there was done not with his/here IP address, but with one from the People's Republic of Whatevertheplace. So, am I missing something here, or would it be pretty much impossible for you to get in trouble with this method?