USB Type-C Authentication Specification Arrives Soon
We all know that a low quality USB data cable can damage your phone, so when an original USB Type-C cable of a device is damaged, it is recommended that you buy a new one from the nearest store. But usually, people don`t know how to identify a low quality USB Type-C data cable, although they are becoming aware of the situation.
The group which certifies USB cables as safe, the USB Implementer Forum (USB-IF), is taking some serious steps. They are announcing a new way to ensure that our devices are protected from low quality USB-C cables.
The group will release a set of software rules for the devices using USB-C cable that will be enforced on anything that is plugged in to the device. This software protection will be called as “USB Type-C Authentication specification.” This new set of protocols will allow the devices to confirm the authenticity of the USB cable.
In simple words, when a “USB Type-C Authentication specification” certified USB cable is attached to the device, the cable will be able to tell your phone or laptop through 128 bit encrypted communication that it is safe to use. This will happen before the device draws energy or data.
You will also be able to specify the purpose of the cable i.e either the cable is for data transfer or for charging purposes.
It might be possible that all the USB-C devices get a software update. So that they can use the new authentication protocol which will allow devices to identify good from bad cables.
Hopefully, this system will be implemented and adopted quickly by all of the USB-C cable manufactures. It will make these cables a little bit expensive but it will be worth it for the protection of your devices.
This system will not apply on current cables because those cables were manufactured before this system`s implementation.