All generic domain name extensions and certain country-code ones support a security lock option whose purpose is to hinder unapproved transfers of existing domains. Many registry organizations that oversee country-code TLDs that don’t support this option are in the process of adopting it for better safety and for the convenience of the domain registrants. A domain can be transferred only if it is unlocked and only a registrant who has been granted access to the account with the current registrar can achieve that. New domains are registered with the lock option activated deliberately, so as to impede any unsanctioned transfer attempts. The lock option is among the security measures for controlling the transfer of active domains between registrar companies that have been adopted over the years.