Transferring an active domain name entails switching the registrar company that provides the domain registration service, so after the transfer, you’ll have to manage things like renewal fees or DNS updates through the new registrar company. The transfer process itself is standard with most Top-Level Domain extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain involves a few necessary steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a safety feature, which is being embraced by more and more domain registry organizations. It is a standard feature supported by all generic TLDs. If a domain is locked, it will be impossible to initiate a transfer process, so no one can even try to register your domain. The lock can be removed only through the account where the domain name is registered and all new domain names that support this functionality are locked by default when they are registered.