SMS OTPs sent to users in China are not being delivered

    Applies to:
  • SecureAuth Identity Platform
  • Legacy SecureAuth IdP
Deployment model:
  • Cloud
  • Hybrid
  • Version Affected:  All


    OTPs delivered via SMS to mobile devices in China are not getting through.



    China blocks a lot of SMS traffic originating from outside China unless it uses a registered prefix.



    Use the registered [SecureAuth] prefix when sending SMS to China.

    Do the following so the realm that sends the SMS includes a prefix saying [SecureAuth]

    Go to the realm that sends the SMS and open Overview Tab | Content and Localization | Verbiage Editor

    Search for this setting:


    It will most likely already have a value of:  
    Your One-Time Passcode is {0}.

    Change it so it says:
    [SecureAuth] Your One-Time Passcode is {0}.


    Save the change then test.

    The SMS should be sent with our signature prefix and be allowed through as our provider has registered our signature.


    Note: If users have their language set to Chinese in their browser, you would need to follow the same steps for the Chinese language. In China, they use Chinese (Simplified). In Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, they use Chinese (Traditional). You can make the same changes as above to both if needed.




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