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