A TXT record, as the abbreviation suggests, is a record, which holds info in human-readable form and not code. It can be created for a domain or a subdomain for a variety of purposes. Search engines like Google, for instance, have different ways of making sure that you're the owner of a certain domain and one of them is in fact by creating a TXT record with unique text which they provide and which you must use as the record value. The very same verification method is used by some analytics platforms that check the traffic to your Internet sites as well. Needless to say, in this 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 also employed when you activated the so-called SPF protection for your emails in order to shield them from being forged. In such a case, the record contains info showing that a given digital message is sent from a trusted and authorized mail server. You could use a TXT record for any other information as well, just like your company details, for instance.