All generic top-level domain name extensions and certain country-code ones support a security lock functionality whose purpose is to impede unapproved transfers of existing domains. Many domain name registry operators that manage country-code TLDs that do not support this feature are in the process of introducing it for better safety and for the convenience of the domain registrants. A domain name 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 registrar can accomplish that. New domain names are registered with the lock option enabled intentionally, so as to hinder any unauthorized transfer attempts. The lock feature is among the safety measures for regulating the transfer of active domain names between registrar companies that have been introduced over the years.