All generic top-level domain name extensions and some country-code ones support a security lock functionality whose purpose is to impede unwanted transfers of active domain names. Many domain name registry operators that oversee ccTLDs that don’t support this option are in the process of adopting it for greater 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 domain names are registered with the lock option activated intentionally, so as to block any unapproved transfer attempts. The lock feature is one of the security measures for regulating the transfer of existing domain names between registrars that have been adopted over the years.