All generic domain name extensions and certain country-code ones support a security lock feature whose purpose is to stop unsanctioned transfers of existing domain names. Many domain name registry operators that manage country-code top-level domain names that do not support this option are in the process of adopting it for greater safety and for the convenience of the domain name owners. A domain can be transferred only on the condition that it is unlocked and only a registrant who has access to the account with the current registrar can accomplish that. New domain names are registered with the lock feature activated deliberately, so as to hinder any unsanctioned transfer attempts. The lock feature is one of the safety measures for regulating the transfer of existing domains between registrars that have been introduced over the years.