All generic extensions and some country-code ones support a security lock feature whose function is to impede unsanctioned transfers of existing domain names. Lots of registry operators that supervise ccTLDs that do not support this feature are in the process of adopting it for better safety and for the convenience of the domain owners. A domain name can be transferred only on the condition that 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 option enabled intentionally, so as to block any unsanctioned transfer attempts. The lock option is one of the security measures for controlling the transfer of active domains between domain registrars that have been adopted over the years.