High-Speed WLANs and WLAN Security Response


Provide (2) 150 words response with a minimum of 1 APA references for RESPONSES 1 AND 2 below. Response provided should further discuss the subject or provide more insight. To further understand the response, below is the discussion post that’s discusses the responses. 100% original work and not plagiarized. Must meet deadline. 

QUESTION: Describe the differences between authentication and privacy. Describe how WLANS can protect both.


Authentication is the process of determining whether or not the user or device is supposed to have access to the network or the computer systems There are many different ways to conduct an authentication check, you can use passwords, one-time-passwords, tokens, etc. It is designed to provide access control measures that ensure only properly authorized users have access.

Privacy is the steps you take to protect your identity or personal information online. As with authentication, there are many ways you can protect your privacy, you can use a VPN, you can use TOR. You want to have as much privacy as you can because you don’t want any of your personal information on the internet, or worse, the darkweb. 

WLAN’s can do both of these, because you can connect to the wireless LAN via a VPN, you can have security passwords in place so that only those you want on your network can get on the network.


Authentication and privacy work hand in hand to ensure communication is confidential between legitimate users and clients. Authentication “the process that occurs when a user proves an identity, such as with a password.” (Gibson, 2017, p. 533) There are three types of authentication factors, something you know like a password, something you have like an RSA token and something you are like a fingerprint.

Encryption is a process that scrambles the original message using unique algorithms. At the same time, the traffic in transit is protected in the event a hacker or eavesdropper may intercept. The message is unreadable because it needs to be decoded or unencrypted. Utilizing encryption helps to ensure privacy. “Privacy is a collection of processes that attempts to ensure that unauthorized users cannot understand wireless transmissions.” (Olenewa, 2013, p. 301) Ensuring the legitimate user receives the message, confidentiality.

WLANs utilize longer keys and more robust encryption to protect the privacy and ensure authentication. “The trade-off is that stronger encryption increases the number of octets transmitted, which in turn decreases the overall throughput of the WLAN.” An encrypted message received by the legitimate user will be able to decode the letter utilizing a key to decrypt the message.