A TXT record, as the abbreviation indicates, is a record, which holds information in human-readable form and not code. It could be set up for a domain or a subdomain for various purposes. Search engines, for example, have different ways of verifying that you are the owner of a particular domain name and one of them is actually by creating a TXT record with specific text which they provide and that you must use as the record value. The exact same verification method is being employed by some analytics platforms that keep track of the traffic to your Internet 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 in case you activated the so-called SPF protection for your emails so that you can shield them from being forged. In such a case, 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 other information as well, such as your business details, for example.