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 Protection Features
Active Request Filtering
Joomla! Feature Hardening Options
Visual Fingerprinting Protection
Project Honeypot integration
Exceptions from blocking
Auto-ban Repeat Offenders
Security exception message customisation
Logging and reporting
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

Pending
 #29012: DPCalendar calDAV issue

Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:29 CST Created on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:20 CST by jjst135

Closed
 #28897: Template problem

Latest post by dhoeke on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:17 CST Created on Saturday, 16 December 2017 02:57 CST by dhoeke

Pending
 #29010: Move .htaccess rules to virtual host .conf file? Is it ok?

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:48 CST Created on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:43 CST by jack@photoancestry.com

Pending
 #29004: Forgot Secret Administrator URL

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 15 January 2018 07:38 CST Created on Monday, 15 January 2018 07:06 CST by achinnov

Pending
 #29003: Geo Blocking

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 15 January 2018 07:33 CST Created on Monday, 15 January 2018 05:45 CST by grahambe

Pending
 #29002: Facebook

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 15 January 2018 07:25 CST Created on Monday, 15 January 2018 05:11 CST by brunocotta

Closed
 #28956: Questions about component configuration

Latest post by brunocotta on Monday, 15 January 2018 05:10 CST Created on Thursday, 04 January 2018 12:28 CST by brunocotta

Pending
 #28886: PHP file scanner

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 15 January 2018 03:01 CST Created on Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:52 CST by wbgraphics

Pending
 #28998: DFIShield causes error

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 15 January 2018 02:18 CST Created on Friday, 12 January 2018 13:35 CST by unker

Pending
 #29000: Logon session does not timeout

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 15 January 2018 02:16 CST Created on Sunday, 14 January 2018 17:39 CST by Meleman

Closed
 #28878: Admin tools blocks Hikashop's infinity scrol

Latest post by xatzopoulos on Friday, 12 January 2018 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:08 CST by xatzopoulos

Pending
 #28995: MariaDB and Admin Tools

Latest post by tampe125 on Friday, 12 January 2018 10:03 CST Created on Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:26 CST by hdeleo

Pending
 #28992: Administrator secret URL parameter

Latest post by tampe125 on Friday, 12 January 2018 02:42 CST Created on Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:56 CST by DaveOzric

Closed
 #28862: Theme Magic won't load in the template admin

Latest post by gbirk on Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 11 December 2017 13:43 CST by gbirk

Closed
 #28990: 500 internal error

Latest post by Printpusher on Thursday, 11 January 2018 13:49 CST Created on Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:53 CST by Printpusher

Pending
 #28989: administrator log-in page not availble anymore

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:18 CST Created on Thursday, 11 January 2018 05:09 CST by tcgass

Pending
 #28985: Admin Tools detected security exceptions from 'private network' IP addresses. This usually means that there is a CDN

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 11 January 2018 02:43 CST Created on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:23 CST by coldclimber

Closed
 #28846: How to Hide the generator tag

Latest post by justinconn on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:17 CST Created on Saturday, 09 December 2017 05:23 CST by justinconn

Closed
 #28843: Template Creator 403 cannot preview

Latest post by joomleb on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:17 CST Created on Friday, 08 December 2017 00:13 CST by joomleb

Closed
 #28982: Delimit AdminTools to the main domain

Latest post by iorbita on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 08:11 CST Created on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:27 CST by iorbita

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