The solution should be simple, then: just don’t buy cut-rate USB-C cables. But “just buy the more expensive one” is a really crappy solution. Right now, if you want to buy a safe cable, you have to know Leung is the only person vetting them in a broad way on Amazon. Here’s the process you have to go through:
- Know that this is an issue in the first place.
- Know that this one helpful Google engineer is the only person testing and reviewing USB-C cables.
- Go hunting for Leung’s reviews on Amazon (or, alternately, discover this spreadsheet or this website created by redditors to aggregate his reviews).
- Buy a cable.
This process is insane, and it shouldn’t be this way.
People often complain about things such as Apple’s Made for iPhone program, but what they don’t understand at the time of complaining is that it’s there for their security. I’m currently looking to buy a USB-C cable myself and the current state of affairs is unacceptable.