First off, the terms “private IP address” and “public IP address” are a bit misleading.
From a pedantic standpoint, a private IP address is one that’s connecting to private network, something that’s only connected to other devices and not to the internet at large.
Any IP address that’s connect to the world wide web is technically a public IP address, even if it’s not visible to others.
There are ways to keep your public IP address private, though. The best way to protect your identity and keep your IP address private is to use a VPN (virtual private network). A VPN keeps your information secure online through encrypting your data. Every device you use to access the internet has an IP address. In order to make sure no one is using your IP address to find your personal information, download a VPN and use it on all your devices.
When you use a VPN, you’re connecting to another server away from your physical location. This stops people from being able to see your IP address. However, keep in mind that with a VPN, your IP address still exists. It’s just hidden. Also, no matter whether you use a VPN or not, your ISP will always know your IP address. They need to know it in order to provide the internet for you.
If you’re not sure about which VPNs to look into, here’s a few great options to start.
You can also use your internet settings to request a dynamic IP address. To put it simply, a dynamic IP address is a fake IP address that’s temporarily assigned to you to conceal your real one.
However, though a dynamic IP address doesn’t cost anything, it doesn’t offer all the protections of a VPN.