Transferring an active domain involves switching the domain registrar that provides the domain name registration service, so after the transfer itself, you’ll have to manage things like renewal payments or DNS updates through the new company. The transfer process itself is standard with most generic and country-code domain extensions. Some country-code extensions are more specific and entail different procedures, but in the general case transferring a domain entails a few basic steps and one of them is unlocking the domain. The lock is a security feature, which is being embraced by more and more domain name registry organizations. It is a default 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 attempt to steal your domain name. 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 functionality are locked by default when they are registered.