IP stands for 'Internet Protocol'. An IP address is the identifier that allows information to be sent between devices on a network. IP addresses contain location information and make devices accessible for communication. The internet needs a way to differentiate between different computers, routers, and websites. IP addresses provide a way of doing so and form an essential part of how the internet works.
Every device that connects to your internet network has a private IP address - in order for the internet to be able to locate each device.
A public IP address is the primary address associated with your whole network.
IP addresses can pose cybersecurity risks - hackers can track down your IP address by stalking your online activity. They can then use this information to impersonate you online, download illegal content, track your location, or hack into your advice.
A VPN is the best solution to protect yourself against IP address-related security risks. The VPN hides your IP address, redirects your traffic through a separate server, and encrypts all your communication, making it much safer for you online. This is especially recommended if you are using public Wi-Fi, or travelling to another country.