All generic domain name extensions and certain country-code ones support a security lock functionality whose purpose is to hinder unauthorized transfers of existing domains. Lots of registry operators that manage ccTLDs that do not support this feature are in the process of introducing it for greater safety and for the convenience of the domain registrants. A domain name can be transferred only if it is unlocked and only an individual who has been given access to the account with the current domain name registrar can do that. New domains are registered with the lock option enabled on purpose, so as to prevent any unsolicited transfer attempts. The lock option is among the safety measures for regulating the transfer of existing domains between domain registrars that have been introduced over the years.