Idle Security Thought
Technically a VPN can obscure your public IP address, but what you're essentially doing there is telling your VPN company "I trust you implicitly, please hide me." If you're wrong then they just misuse the information for their own purposes, including possibly selling it or passing it along to other parties.
It's also very common for your public IP address to leak through a VPN because of bad opsec anyway, and quite easy to reverse engineer through fingerprinting.
A single-user space station out in the fediverse asteroid belt.