Transferring an active domain name involves changing the company that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS updates through the new domain registrar. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most gTLD and ccTLD extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain name involves several basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The lock is a safety option, which is being adopted by more and more domain name registry operators. It’s a default feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain name is locked, it will not be possible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to take your domain. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domains that support this functionality are locked by default the moment they are registered.