All generic domain extensions and some country-code ones support a security lock feature whose purpose is to prevent unauthorized transfers of existing domains. Many domain registry operators that manage country-code TLDs that don’t support this feature are in the process of adopting it for the sake of security 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 access to the account with the current registrar can accomplish that. New domain names are registered with the lock option enabled intentionally, so as to block any unwanted transfer attempts. The lock option is among the safety measures for controlling the transfer of existing domains between registrars that have been adopted over the years.