All generic domain name extensions and certain country-code ones support a security lock functionality whose function is to prevent unapproved transfers of existing domain names. Many registry operators that oversee ccTLDs that don’t support this option are in the process of adopting it for greater safety and for the convenience of the domain owners. A domain can be transferred only on the condition that it is unlocked and only a registrant who has access to the account with the current domain name registrar can do that. New domain names are registered with the lock option enabled intentionally, so as to stop any unsanctioned transfer attempts. The lock option is among the safety measures for controlling the transfer of active domains between registrar companies that have been introduced over the years.