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".

April 2017

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 extension
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
The component Options
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
The NginX configuration maker
Basic Security
Server protection
How to determine which exceptions are required
The Kitchen Sink (Expert Settings)
Optimisation and utility
System configuration
The web.config maker
Basic Security
Server protection
How to determine which exceptions are required
Optimisation and utility
System configuration
Web Application Firewall
Configure
Basic Features
Request Filtering
Hardening Options
Cloaking
Project Honeypot
Exceptions
Auto-ban
Logging & reporting
Customisation
Troubleshooting (I got locked out of my site)
WAF Exceptions
WAF Blacklist
Administrator IP Whitelist
Site IP Blacklist
Anti-spam Bad Words
Geographic blocking
Security Exceptions Log
List of blocking reasons
Auto IP Blocking Administration
Auto IP Blocking History
Email templates
Database tools
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)
Automating the scans (front-end scheduling URL)
SEO and Link Tools
URL Redirection
Cleaning your temporary files directory
Protecting Admin Tools with a password
Import and Exporting Settings
Access Control
The "System - Admin Tools" plugin
Rescue Mode
Other plugins
The plugins powering the One Click Update feature
The CLI update notification and automatic update script
A. GNU General Public License version 3
B. GNU Free Documentation License

Tickets

Open
 #30392: nginx configuration maker tuning

Latest post by toonetcreation on Monday, 22 October 2018 11:27 CDT Created on Monday, 22 October 2018 08:12 CDT by toonetcreation

Pending
 #30391: Locked out

Latest post by dlb on Monday, 22 October 2018 09:03 CDT Created on Monday, 22 October 2018 08:05 CDT by paul.lott@thejungle.uk.net

Closed
 #30270: Admin Tools Professional

Latest post by aleorco on Saturday, 20 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 20 September 2018 14:38 CDT by aleorco

Closed
 #30265: Login Registred User

Latest post by Rmendez on Saturday, 20 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:52 CDT by Rmendez

Pending
 #30386: .htaccess not allowiing maps

Latest post by dlb on Friday, 19 October 2018 12:49 CDT Created on Friday, 19 October 2018 12:40 CDT by kentmorrison

Closed
 #30377: Correct permissions and exceptions

Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 19 October 2018 07:19 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:46 CDT by elementotango

Pending
 #30383: How to leverage Browser Caching

Latest post by tampe125 on Friday, 19 October 2018 03:30 CDT Created on Friday, 19 October 2018 00:38 CDT by dmware

Pending
 #30381: 406 Not Acceptable

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 18 October 2018 08:05 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:55 CDT by Pas-pv

Closed
 #30359: security questions with nginx

Latest post by toonetcreation on Thursday, 18 October 2018 04:47 CDT Created on Sunday, 14 October 2018 04:30 CDT by toonetcreation

Pending
 #30379: Issue frontend htaccess

Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 07:38 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 06:48 CDT by fabioweb90

Pending
 #30371: Create new admin

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 04:36 CDT Created on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 03:11 CDT by antoniocornacchia

Closed
 #30242: GeoLite2 Country database update blank screen

Latest post by Security Foiling on Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 13 September 2018 04:45 CDT by Security Foiling

Closed
 #30238: Redirect to error page

Latest post by parcs on Friday, 12 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 07:52 CDT by parcs

Closed
 #30239: Joomla 3.9 Beta: Admin Tools breaking Akeeba Backup

Latest post by webmaster.vcampus on Friday, 12 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:18 CDT by webmaster.vcampus

Closed
 #30237: AdminTools Pro upgrade

Latest post by ivarjoh on Friday, 12 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 06:36 CDT by ivarjoh

Closed
 #30232: 404 Shield / WP-Login or Redirect to 403

Latest post by brandon@elitemovinglabor.com on Friday, 12 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:59 CDT by brandon@elitemovinglabor.com

Closed
 #30225: new modem from my ISP!

Latest post by step123 on Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 10 September 2018 14:35 CDT by step123

Closed
 #30221: Problems with Akeeba Admin Tools

Latest post by mariazzz on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 10 September 2018 06:18 CDT by mariazzz

Closed
 #30215: J3.9 com_privacy & Backend users

Latest post by Twincarb on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 09 September 2018 15:20 CDT by Twincarb

Pending
 #30347: Some links not working except for Super Users

Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 08:35 CDT Created on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 05:38 CDT by stevebenson

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