Transferring an existing domain involves switching the company that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS record modifications through the new company. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most generic and country-code domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails several necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a security feature, which is being adopted by more and more domain registry operators. It’s a standard feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain name is locked, it won’t be possible to start a transfer procedure, so no one can even attempt to register your domain name. The domain lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domains that support this functionality are locked by default when they are registered.