A TXT record, as the abbreviation suggests, is a record, that holds info in human-readable form and not code. It can be set up for a domain address or a subdomain for a variety of purposes. Search engines like Yahoo, for instance, have different ways of verifying that you're the owner of a given domain name and one of them is in fact by creating a TXT record with certain text that they provide and which you must use as the record value. The very same verification method is used by some analytics platforms that monitor the traffic to your web sites as well. Needless to say, in such a case the content of the record will be read by a robot, but it'll still be in human-readable form. A TXT record is additionally used when you activated the so-called SPF protection for your email addresses so that you can shield them from being forged. In cases like this, the record contains data showing that a particular electronic message is sent from a trusted and authorized mail server. You could use a TXT record for any type of other information also, like your company details, for instance.