What is domain locking?

  • Applies to: All Service Types
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: AccountCenter access


Domain locking is a free security enhancement offered by (mt) Media Temple to prevent unauthorized transfers of your domain to another registrar or web host by "locking" your domain nameservers.

When your domain is locked, you'll be substantially protected from unauthorized third-parties who might try to misdirect your nameservers or transfer your domain without your permission. You will also be unable to inadvertently make changes to your nameservers that could prevent (mt) from hosting your domain services properly. Learn more about changing nameservers.


This tool is only available for a domain that has been registered through (mt) Media Temple. For more information on registering a new domain, please see: How do I register a new domain?

Enable or disable domain locking

  1. Log into the AccountCenter.
  2. From the Overview page or Domains tab, select the domain you want to edit.
  3. Click on the icon Domain Locking.


  4. Click on Unlocked or Locked and click save changes.