Mailfence signups surge after CTemplar shut down

Mailfence signups surge after CTemplar shutdown

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A surge in new users for the secure email suite, Mailfence.

A swell of new users are signing up for the encrypted email suite Mailfence which is operated from privacy-friendly Belgium. Since the beginning of the year, Mailfence registered three times as many new users as in previous months. There are two likely explanations for this rapid growth: Google’s closing of their free offering of G Suite legacy which was announced in January, and the recent announcement by CTemplar that it will be closing its service on May 26, 2022.

Mailfence, which is regarded as one of the best Google Workspace alternatives (formerly G Suite), is clearly one of the main beneficiaries of both announcements. Its feature set is the richest of all providers in the secure and private email space. This makes it the ​
​ideal solution for private individuals, families and companies.

Mailfence is a complete email suite

Compared to the other main actors in the private and secure email space, Mailfence is the only provider to offer an integrated suite, with all necessary tools for management and teams collaboration.

  • Mailfence calendar is an alternative to Google calendar. It boosts security and privacy without compromising on collaboration and efficiency.
  • Mailfence polls allows users to vote and find dates for potential meetings.
  • Mailfence Contacts is a complete contact management software, through which users manage and share contact data.
  • Mailfence Documents is the alternative to Google Drive and Google Docs. Here, users store, edit, and share files with group members. ​
  • Mailfence Groups lets users share data and collaborate securely. ​
  • And there’s even more, Mailfence has an instant messaging chat where you can message your contacts directly.

Beginning of a consolidation?

In its short blogpost, CTemplar did not communicate the reasons for shutting down its service. Many users have expressed their frustration and anger at the abrupt decision ​
​and lack of communication. Social media threads suggest that a probable explanation for the shut-down is that a lack of critical scale and funds obliged the founders of CTemplar to quit.

We admire the work of the CTemplar team and salute their engagement for online privacy and digital rights. We are very sorry to see them go.

Patrick De Schutter, co-founder of Mailfence

Only a few actors in the secure email space have reached critical scale, and this could well be a harbinger of what’s to come: Consolidation in the privacy and security space.

We intend to be one of the consolidators in this market. Mailfence is a profitable company that has financed its growth and development with its own cash flow. The company is owned by the founders which gives it the independence and freedom to develop a solid and stable company. Mailfence is not a traditional startup with a high cash burn rate but is in it for the long run. We are cautious, reliable, stable and honest, which might explain why we are earning the trust of so many users. We launched the company in 1999 and are among the pioneers of cloud software in Europe.

Patrick De Schutter, co-founder of Mailfence

Are you a user of CTemplar looking for a new email provider?

It’s your opportunity to give Mailfence a try. Contact our support at support[at]mailfence[dot]com if you want to:

  • Get a two-week free trial
  • Get help to migrate
  • Reclaim your privacy today

In the meantime, feel free to check our documentation about migration. Learn more about Mailfence on our press page.

-Mailfence Team

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Patrick De Schutter

Patrick De Schutter

Patrick is the co-founder of Mailfence. He's a serial entrepreneur and startup investor since 1994 and launched several pioneering internet companies such as Allmansland, IP Netvertising or He is a strong believer and advocate of encryption and privacy. You can follow @pdeschutter on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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