Transferring an active domain entails switching the domain registrar that handles the domain registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS entry updates through the new registrar. The transfer process itself is standard with most universal and country-specific Top-Level Domain extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain entails several necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a safety feature, which is being adopted by more and more domain name registry operators. It is a standard feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain name is locked, it will not be possible to start a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to take your domain name. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domain names that support this feature are locked by default when they are registered.