All generic domain name extensions and certain country-code ones support a security lock option whose purpose is to prevent unauthorized transfers of existing domains. Many registry operators that oversee country-code TLDs that do not support this option are in the process of introducing it for the sake of security and for the convenience of the domain name registrants. A domain name can be transferred only on the condition that it is unlocked and only a registrant who has been given access to the account with the current registrar company can accomplish that. New domain names are registered with the lock option enabled on purpose, so as to hinder any unauthorized transfer attempts. The lock feature is one of the security measures for regulating the transfer of active domain names between domain registrars that have been adopted over the years.