A TXT record, as the abbreviation indicates, is a record, that contains data in human-readable form and not code. It may be created for a domain address or a subdomain for a number of purposes. Search engines like Yahoo, for example, have different ways of making sure you're the owner of a certain domain and one of them is by creating a TXT record with specific text that they provide and that you will need to use as the record value. The exact same verification method is employed by some analytics platforms that monitor the traffic to your sites as well. Of course, in this situation the content of the record will be read by a robot, but it'll still be in human-readable form. A TXT record is also used if you enable the so-called SPF protection for your e-mails so that you can protect them from being forged. In this case, the record contains info showing that a given digital message is sent from a reliable and authorized mail server. You may use a TXT record for any kind of other information as well, such as your business details, as an example.