All generic TLD extensions and some country-code ones support a security lock functionality whose purpose is to prevent unsanctioned transfers of existing domain names. Lots of registry operators that oversee country-code TLDs that do not support this feature are in the process of introducing 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 a registrant who has been granted access to the account with the current domain name registrar can accomplish that. New domain names are registered with the lock option activated deliberately, so as to impede any unsanctioned transfer attempts. The lock option is among the safety measures for regulating the transfer of active domain names between registrars that have been adopted over the years.