All generic domain extensions and certain country-code ones support a security lock option whose purpose is to impede unauthorized transfers of existing domain names. Many domain name registry operators that supervise country-code Top-Level Domains that don’t support this option are in the process of introducing it for greater security 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 given access to the account with the current domain registrar can do that. New domain names are registered with the lock feature activated on purpose, so as to hinder any unwanted transfer attempts. The lock feature is one of the security measures for controlling the transfer of existing domains between registrars that have been introduced over the years.
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