Transferring an active domain name involves changing the domain name registrar that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you will have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS resource record updates through the new company. The transfer procedure is standard with most generic and country-code domain name extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and involve different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain name entails a few necessary procedures and one of them is unlocking the domain name. The domain lock is a safety feature, which is being embraced by more and more registry operators. It is a standard feature supported by all generic top-level domain names. If a domain name is locked, it will not be possible to initiate a transfer process, so no one can even try to register your domain. The lock can be annulled only through the account where the domain name is registered in the first place and all new domains that support this feature are locked by default the moment they are registered.