A TXT record, as the abbreviation indicates, is a record, which contains data in human-readable form and not code. It may be set up for a domain or a subdomain for a variety of purposes. Search engines like Yahoo, for example, have different ways of making sure you're the owner of a given domain and one of them is by creating a TXT record with certain text that they provide and which you need to use as the record value. The very same verification method is being employed 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 is going to be read by a robot, but it will still be in human-readable form. A TXT record is additionally employed if you enable the so-called SPF protection for your emails in order to prevent them from being forged. In this situation, 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 kind of other information as well, such as your business details, for instance.