Transferring an existing domain involves changing the registrar that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS updates through the new registrar company. The transfer process is standard with most universal and country-specific domain extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, 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 feature, which is being embraced by more and more domain name registry operators. It is a standard feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain is locked, it will not be possible to initiate a transfer process, so no one can even try to take your domain. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domain names that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.