USB-C cables could soon come with built-in security thanks to the newly-launched USB Type-C Authentication Program [PDF]. This will offer protection against malicious devices.

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Secure USB-C Cables

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It sounds similar to Apple’s Made for iPhone (MFi) cables and chargers. It’s a certification manufacturers have to meet. An MFI Certified product means it’s safe for your iOS device. Non-MFi cables can sometimes be dangerous knock-offs that can damage devices.

Right now the program is a recommendation rather than a rule. But now that iPad Pros have USB-C charging, and maybe even future iPhones, it might be good to make it a rule.

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