All generic domain extensions and certain country-code ones support a security lock functionality whose purpose is to impede unwanted transfers of existing domains. Lots of registry operators that supervise country-code top-level domain names that do not support this feature are in the process of adopting it for better security and for the convenience of the domain name owners. A domain name can be transferred only if it is unlocked and only a registrant who has access to the account with the current domain name registrar can accomplish that. New domains are registered with the lock option enabled on purpose, so as to stop any unapproved transfer attempts. The lock option is one of the safety measures for controlling the transfer of active domain names between registrars that have been adopted over the years.