WHOIS is a database of content information for those who have registered domain names on the internet. It contains, names, addresses and other information on the people who own various websites, which makes it easy to contact these people about anything to do with their website or just in general.
It is a comprehensive library of information that enables both everyday people and governments to ensure that they have data and a means of contact for the millions of people who currently run websites that are live on the internet and, more specifically, those that are making money from online enterprises, much like you.
However, having all of your details in plain view to anyone with access to the internet does present very obvious risks to you. The first of these risks is obviously that having your full name, address and other contact information is a bit of an intrusion into your privacy. It means that anyone will be able to find you and that you could be subject to malicious communications of various kinds, as well as simply being consistently sent junk mail.
An example of this is spam programs that harvest email addresses directly from the WHOIS database in order to spread malware. As these addresses are provided in plain text, it is trivial for software to crawl the WHOIS database and obtain email addresses to send spam too. This is a great source of annoyance to those who often have to trawl through pages of spam to get to the emails they actually want.
Also, the fact that your home address is part of your WHOIS listing could open you up to, aside from junk mail, worse problems such as burglary. If someone can see that you are the owner of a website that makes a lot of money, then this makes you a prime target for burglaries and muggings. The fact that people who may see you as a target can access your location makes you very vulnerable.
Another issue that can arise from your personal details being so readily available is that you could be subject to consistent pestering from marketers. After harvesting your contact details from the WHOIS database, they can continuously send you both postal and email advertisements, perhaps even sending salesmen to visit you personally. All of these things contribute to diverting your attention away from your actual business and could cause you to lose a lot of money.
Every factor outlined above mean that being on the WHOIS database is very dangerous and can be detrimental to your business and your life in general. Many hosting packages, including those offered by simplewebhosting.co.uk, enable you to opt-out of being included on the WHOIS database in order to safeguard your privacy and your information.
As you can see, this is definitely a wise choice and will save you from a lot of unnecessary difficulties and wasted time. An opt-out means that you have more time to spend on what is important: ensuring that your business is successful and prosperous.