Transferring an already registered domain name involves switching the company that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS record modifications through the new registrar. The transfer procedure is standard with most top-level domain name extensions. Certain country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name 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 domain registry organizations. It’s a standard feature supported by all gTLDs. If a domain name is locked, it will not be possible to initiate a transfer process, so nobody can even try to snatch your domain name. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain is registered and all new domain names that support this functionality are locked by default the moment they are registered.