Transferring an existing domain name involves changing the domain name registrar that handles the registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS updates through the new domain registrar. The transfer procedure itself is standard with most universal and country-specific domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain entails a few basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a safety option, which is being embraced by more and more domain name registry organizations. It is a standard feature supported by all generic Top-Level Domains. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer procedure, so no one 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 domains that support this option are locked by default when they are registered.