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    USB Type-C Authentication Protocol announced

    Aims to keep your devices safe against non-compliant and / or malicious USB devices.
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    Re: USB Type-C Authentication Protocol announced

    yyyy? The google block for using USB while locked is nothing like certifying the devices for use... Am I missing a point ?
    Prepare to throw out all the old chargers as they will not have the certificate installed, even they working just fine.
    I don't get whats the point other than milking customers.

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    Re: USB Type-C Authentication Protocol announced

    As above, I see no use in this other than to enable the locking down of hardware for the benefit of corporations. Business environments can already deploy various ways of ensuring unauthorised devices cannot be connected to their networked hardware.

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    Re: USB Type-C Authentication Protocol announced

    So, Apple like cables ... not good..not good at all

    This could only be good if it is open and free standard for everyone to use (like web certificates), and if companies will not lock you in only using their cables on their devices ( so you hvae to pay 30 bucks for a 1m cable instead of 5)
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    Re: USB Type-C Authentication Protocol announced

    TBH I kind of like the idea of authentication on hardware to ensure it does what it's supposed to do or works as intended.

    I've seen plenty of reports of fried hardware when the cable wasn't up to the task and I've been seeing more reports where usb devices are being used to hack into hardware or pass on malware/virus programs etc.

    As long as it's not used to jack up prices or restrict usage (in any way including drm based) like for example Apple and the lightning cable (which was basically just a glorified usb3 cable with a different socket) then I don't see an issue with an added level of protection/security this can offer.

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    Re: USB Type-C Authentication Protocol announced

    Quote Originally Posted by EvilCycle View Post
    As above, I see no use in this other than to enable the locking down of hardware for the benefit of corporations. Business environments can already deploy various ways of ensuring unauthorised devices cannot be connected to their networked hardware.
    How about de-authorizing a device/cable/charger after it's been used for a certain time period or amount of times?
    ...for the safety of the device, of course!

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    Re: USB Type-C Authentication Protocol announced

    i think this could be good actually

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    Re: USB Type-C Authentication Protocol announced

    Quote Originally Posted by LSG501 View Post
    TBH I kind of like the idea of authentication on hardware to ensure it does what it's supposed to do or works as intended.

    I've seen plenty of reports of fried hardware when the cable wasn't up to the task and I've been seeing more reports where usb devices are being used to hack into hardware or pass on malware/virus programs etc.

    As long as it's not used to jack up prices or restrict usage (in any way including drm based) like for example Apple and the lightning cable (which was basically just a glorified usb3 cable with a different socket) then I don't see an issue with an added level of protection/security this can offer.
    I think everyone wants "Benson Approved" cables, that's not contested. It's that this allows for much more than just a little certification badge on cables. It allows manufacturers to POSSIBLY bake in support for specific cables, a very Apple-esque move.

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