What is Domain Lock?
Domain Locking relates to a registry flag that can be set to prevent unauthorised transfers, changes and deletions of a domain and is intended to combat a number of domain-related scams that exploded in the early 2000s.
Domain Lock sets a flag on the registry, REGISTRAR-LOCK, to true. This flag prevents all:
- domain name changes, including domain contact details;
- transfers of the domain name to another registrar; and,
- deletion of a domain name.
The facility is free to use and most registries now implement the system (a few do not). You are strongly advised to implement the lock when it is available to prevent your domain being transferred, traded or deleted. When you want to make changes or move your domain to another registrar, you can unlock it and authorise the transfer.