All generic TLD extensions and several country-code ones support a security lock option whose function is to impede unapproved transfers of active domain names. Many domain registry operators that supervise country-code TLDs that don’t support this option are in the process of adopting it for the sake of security and for the convenience of the domain owners. A domain can be transferred only if it is unlocked and only a person who has access to the account with the current domain registrar can do that. New domains are registered with the lock option enabled on purpose, so as to hinder any unwanted transfer attempts. The lock feature is among the safety measures for controlling the transfer of existing domain names between domain registrars that have been introduced over the years.