All generic domain name extensions and certain country-code ones support a security lock feature whose purpose is to impede unauthorized transfers of existing domain names. Many domain name registry organizations that oversee country-code Top-Level Domains that do not support this feature are in the process of adopting it for greater security and for the convenience of the domain owners. A domain can be transferred only if it is unlocked and only an individual who has been granted access to the account with the current registrar can accomplish that. New domains are registered with the lock feature enabled intentionally, so as to impede any unapproved transfer attempts. The lock option is one of the security measures for regulating the transfer of existing domains between domain registrars that have been adopted over the years.