A TXT record, as the abbreviation implies, is a record, which keeps information in human-readable form and not code. It can be set up for a domain name or a subdomain for various purposes. Search engines like Yahoo, for example, have different ways of making sure you are the owner of a certain domain name and one of them is actually by creating a TXT record with specific text that they provide and that you should use as the record value. The very same verification method is employed by some analytics platforms that keep track of the traffic to your sites as well. Needless to say, in this situation the content of the record is going to be read by a robot, but it'll still be in human-readable form. A TXT record is additionally used if you activated the so-called SPF protection for your emails so that you can prevent them from being forged. In this situation, the record contains info showing that a certain electronic message is sent from a reliable and authorized mail server. You could use a TXT record for any type of other information also, just like your company details, for example.