Transferring an active domain name entails changing the domain name registrar that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS record modifications through the new domain name registrar. The transfer process itself is standard with most generic and country-code domain extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and involve different steps, but in the general case transferring a domain entails a few basic procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain. The domain lock is a security option, which is being adopted by more and more registry operators. It is a default feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain is locked, it won’t be possible to start a transfer process, so nobody can even attempt to register your domain name. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this feature are locked by default the moment they are registered.