Terms to Know


Electronic Benefits Transfer.  A U.S. system that provides a way for state governments to disburse financial and other benefits via plastic debit cards.  Typically the benefits comprise food and cash.


The process of obfuscating information via specific cryptographic keys.  The use of encryption protects valuable card data information against unauthorized disclosure, as encryption renders card information unintelligible to those who attempt to intercept the card data while in transit.