Yes, your public IP address is visible to anyone connected to the internet. If you use any IP checker tool to ask "What is my IP address?" you'll find your IP address
. Although your public IP address is not enough to hack into your network, it is the first piece of information that is needed for a cyberattack.
Many people use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to conceal their public IP address entirely. VPNs allow your device to encrypt and route all traffic through a third-party server. When you connect to the internet through a VPN, your activity will show the VPN's IP address instead of your real IP address. Indeed, the server location
of a VPN can be thousands of miles away from your actual location.
If you're still confused about whether your IP address is public, remember that every device has both public and private
IP addresses. Your router's IP address is always public. The router will then assign each connected device a private IP address. Therefore, a great way to hide both your public and private IP address is to tunnel all of your internet activity through a secure VPN