Of course, device manufacturers and operating system developers will need to include support for USB-C Authentication before it offers anything meaningful, and that's also the biggest downside-this is simply a suggestion at the current time, not a requirement.
USB-IF is a non-profit build specifically for the development of the USB standard, and it's being supported by companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Apple, HP, and many others.
The program defines the optimal cryptographic-based authentication for USB-C devices and chargers.
A new USB Type-C Authentication Program is being proposed and developed by USB-IF, making it possible for companies to implement cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices.
Relies on 128-bit security for all cryptographic methods. The protocol can help the host device (like your phone or laptop) authenticate and certify a USB device, USB cable, or USB charger, at the moment the connection is made.
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The USB-C standard has advantages over the normal USB connections that you find, such as higher data transfer speeds, faster charging and the ability to display video (in the case of Thunderbolt 3). DigiCert is managing the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and certificate authority services for the program, a fact the group touted in its own press release.
However, for now, the authentication program is going to be optional, which obviously will prevent it from having much effect. Alternatively, a device could charge on uncertified cables but block data access. Indeed, it gives OEMs a lot of control over those ports, and that control could be abused to, for example, lock out competitors' devices. This handshaking, the USB-IF explains, can take place either over the USB data bus or the USB Power Delivery (PD) communication channel.
When USB Type-C (aka USB-C) arrived a few years ago, it looked promising.
With this in mind, the USB Type-C Authentication Program isn't mandatory and is just a recommendation right now. Does it have USB 3.1 Gen 2?