Transferring an existing domain name involves changing the registrar company that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS modifications through the new company. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most top-level domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name involves a few basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a security option, which is being adopted by more and more registry operators. It’s a standard feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain name is locked, it will be impossible to start a transfer process, so nobody can even try to register your domain name. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domains that support this feature are locked by default the moment they are registered.