Transferring an already registered domain name involves changing the registrar company that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you will 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 entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name involves several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a security option, which is being adopted by more and more domain name registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain is locked, it will not be possible to initiate 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 and all new domain names that support this functionality are locked by default when they are registered.