Social Security is a complex program, and many Americans don't completely understand it. Yet it doesn't take too much effort to learn the basics of what you need to know about Social Security.

In the following slideshow, you'll find out about the key elements of Social Security, ranging from how to get a Social Security card to who is eligible for benefits and how much you can expect to get. By taking just a few minutes to look through these eight slides, you'll be a lot clearer about how Social Security can help you retire with more financial security.