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