Transferring an existing domain name entails changing the domain name registrar that handles the domain name registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record updates through the new domain registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most universal and country-specific TLD extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain entails several basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a safety feature, which is being adopted by more and more domain name registry organizations. It’s a default feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to start a transfer process, so no one can even attempt to take your domain. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this functionality are locked by default the moment they are registered.