Transferring an active domain name involves changing the company that provides the registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS entry updates through the new registrar. The transfer process is standard with most top-level domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain involves a few necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a security feature, which is being adopted by more and more registry organizations. It is a standard feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to start a transfer procedure, so no one can even try to take your domain. The domain lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this feature are locked by default when they are registered.