Update: The owner of CTemplar has offered further clarification for the reason why CTemplar is shutting down. The explanation has been added to the bottom of this article.
CTemplar is a secure “armored email” service that launched in 2019. Now, just three years later, the CTemplar team has announced they will be shutting down the service in May 2022.
Why exactly is CTemplar shutting down?
This is the million-dollar question and nobody seems to have the exact answer. The official CTemplar Reddit account has not answered any questions as to why and has also not been active for the past seven days since the initial announcement. The blog post that announced the closure also does not list any reasons.
I have reached out to CTemplar for comment and have not heard anything back. If more information becomes available, I’ll update this blog post. Until that time, however, the only thing we can do is speculate.
Here are three potential reasons that may explain why CTemplar is shutting down (pure speculation):
Funding – Many tech companies struggle to remain financially solvent. This is especially true for small startups entering a competitive space, as we saw with CTemplar launching in 2019. Additionally, they hosted everything in Iceland, which is a very expensive location for servers.Government intervention – CTemplar always promised to provide an “armored email” solution for its customers, keeping user data very secure and