The wave of rogue USB-C products that poses risks to PCs and mobile devices hasn’t gone unnoticed, and the USB Implementers Forum has taken steps to eradicate the issue once and for all.
A new specification announced by the USB 3.0 Promoters Group, which is part of USB-IF, aims to eliminate rogue cables, ports and chargers. The USB Type-C Authentication protocol will verify and ensure a USB-C connection won’t fry a port or damage a device.
A host device like a smartphone or PC will first verify the authenticity of the cable, charger or power source before any data is transferred. If everything checks out, a connection will be established.