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Admin Tools User's Guide

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

AkeebaBackup.com

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the appendix entitled "The GNU Free Documentation License".

December 2013

Abstract

This book covers the use of the Admin Tools site security component, module and plugin bundle for Joomla!™ -powered web sites. Both the free Admin Tools Core and the subscription-based Admin Tools Professional editions are completely covered.


Table of Contents

1. Getting Started
What is Admin Tools?
Disclaimer
The philosophy
Server environment requirements
Installing Admin Tools
Installing or manually updating the component and language files
Install from URL
Upload and install.
Manual installation
The installation / update broke my site!
Upgrading from Core to Professional
Automatic updates
Requesting support and reporting bugs
Quick Setup
2. Using Admin Tools
The Control Panel
Fixing the permissions of files and directories
Configuring the permissions of files and directories
Emergency Off-Line Mode
Protect your administrator back-end with a password
The .htaccess maker
Basic Security
Server protection
How to determine which exceptions are required
Custom .htaccess rules
Optimisation and utility
System configuration
Web Application Firewall
Configure
Help, I have been locked out of my site's administrator area!
Two-Factor Authentication
Why should you use Two Factor Authentication
Setting up Two Factor Authentication
Troubleshooting and maintaining Two-Factor Authentication
Exceptions
Administrator IP Whitelist
Site IP Blacklist
Anti-spam Bad Words
Security Exceptions Log
List of blocking reasons
Geographic blocking
Database tools
Changing your database table prefix
Changing your database collation
Changing your Super Administrator ID
The PHP File Scanner
How does it work and what should I know?
Configuration
Scanning and administering scans
Reading the reports
Automating the scans (CRON jobs)
SEO and Link Tools
URL Redirection
Cleaning your temporary files directory
Protecting Admin Tools with a password
Access Control
The "System - Admin Tools" plugin
Other plugins
The plugins powering the One Click Update feature
A. GNU General Public License version 3
B. GNU Free Documentation License