Gertjan Jansen


Gertjan Jansen


Apr 12, 2023

Why is Tilig shutting down?


Tilig launched in 2019 with the mission to make password management easy, accessible, and free, for everybody. We set out to build an easy solution that would lower the barrier to get started with secure password management. Password reuse is the #1 cause of getting hacked, and we wanted to do something about that.

We’re proud of all the work we did since 2019 to achieve that goal. We built a security architecture on top of Google/Apple/Microsoft login, without a master password, while still being extremely secure. We made it very easy to install our browser extension, and we were heavily focussed on delivering a smooth user experience. However, we also faced challenges. Building a secure cross-platform password manager is technically complex, and being free makes it even more challenging.

“How do you make money?” was a question we often heard from people. We answered with: “We’ll offer a paid phishing training tool on the side”. However, users weren’t always convinced by that. Why would you trust a startup with your passwords, if you can also choose for a product that is almost the same, that has a good reputation, and a multimillion-dollar security budget?

In the end we realized that our idea of remaining free wouldn’t work out economically. We considered becoming a paid password manager, but came to the conclusion that it would be too difficult to differentiate ourselves from other password managers. The password management market is a crowded place - in the end we were too late to the game.

What should I do now?

Please follow these instructions to transition your password to another password manager. We recommend BitWarden or 1Password.

Saying goodbye is never fun, but we are thankful for the support that we received from all our users. We’re proud of everything we’ve done to increase security on the web. If you have any questions, please reach out through our contact form.

Thank you again. It was a pleasure securing your passwords. 🙏

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