The folks behind the USB Type-C standard have a new approach to keep sketchy cables from zapping your laptop or evildoers from hacking your phone.
USB Type-C brings new perks to the mundane chore of connecting devices to each other and to chargers, but problems have cast a shadow — notably when Google employee Benson Leung’s effort to flag faulty cables fried his laptop and testing gear earlier this year.
That’s why industry powers behind the tech announced on Tuesday a USB authentication technology that will guard against that type of problem and will keep criminals from using hacked USB devices to launch attacks. The technology functions behind the scenes on your devices so you won’t have to think about it, at least until your phone refuses to work with an uncertified airport charger or freebie cable. Continue reading USB Type-C update to guard against accidentally frying your laptop