Admin Tools User's Guide

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

AkeebaBackup.com

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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
Entering your Download ID
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
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
A. GNU General Public License version 3
B. GNU Free Documentation License

 #32295: FOF exception when using LoginGuard

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Latest post by careytech on Monday, 20 January 2020 14:48 CST Created on Monday, 20 January 2020 14:48 CST by careytech

 #32294: .htaccess redirects to https instead of staying on localhost.

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Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 20 January 2020 07:53 CST Created on Monday, 20 January 2020 06:08 CST by artax

 #32279: Critical File Modified False Positives

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Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 20 January 2020 03:18 CST Created on Saturday, 18 January 2020 03:13 CST by matt.yarranton@moomoohosting.co.uk

 #32290: installation of the package successfull

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Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 20 January 2020 02:44 CST Created on Monday, 20 January 2020 01:40 CST by u2waydamien

 #32157: Error updating

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Latest post by schohmik on Friday, 17 January 2020 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2019 03:52 CST by schohmik

 #32022: Admin tools not protecting site error

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Latest post by joomladienst on Friday, 17 January 2020 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 02:11 CST by joomladienst

 #32142: Do I need to whitelist Cloudflare IPs in Admin Tools Pro?

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Latest post by bobpit on Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 16 December 2019 16:28 CST by bobpit

 #32136: On the order

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Latest post by rczelk on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:17 CST Created on Saturday, 14 December 2019 05:50 CST by rczelk

 #32261: Email notifications of Security Exceptions

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Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 14 January 2020 08:27 CST Created on Monday, 13 January 2020 11:21 CST by LukeDouglas

 #32130: Mass loading of redirects

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Latest post by vmurphy on Sunday, 12 January 2020 17:17 CST Created on Friday, 13 December 2019 09:31 CST by vmurphy

 #32127: trigger System - Admin tools

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Latest post by baroen on Sunday, 12 January 2020 17:17 CST Created on Friday, 13 December 2019 02:49 CST by baroen

 #32253: Geo block . . . why?

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Latest post by nicholas on Sunday, 12 January 2020 00:55 CST Created on Saturday, 11 January 2020 05:02 CST by marvays

 #32234: Suggestion / Feature request : Security report

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Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 10 January 2020 02:39 CST Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2020 10:25 CST by Ch3vr0n

 #32236: Wired charaters in Admin

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Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 10 January 2020 02:37 CST Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2020 14:49 CST by myaviation

 #32232: Error trying to roll back from Pro to Core

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Latest post by cyberspyder on Thursday, 09 January 2020 16:50 CST Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2020 11:14 CST by cyberspyder

 #32242: geographic blocking

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Latest post by dlb on Thursday, 09 January 2020 09:22 CST Created on Thursday, 09 January 2020 09:08 CST by toonpennings

 #32113: Frontend users get 403 error and cannot access page/window for submitting a K2 article

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Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 09 January 2020 07:56 CST Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 06:24 CST by icinfo

 #32235: Geo Blocking button missing

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Latest post by dlb on Wednesday, 08 January 2020 10:40 CST Created on Wednesday, 08 January 2020 10:31 CST by g5_macdaddy

 #32227: GeoIP Provider Plugin post Admin Tools 5.5.0

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Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 08 January 2020 01:46 CST Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2020 10:07 CST by wynchcote

 #32219: Do we need to uninstall removed (no longer suported) plugins ourselfs?

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Latest post by jjst135 on Tuesday, 07 January 2020 05:38 CST Created on Monday, 06 January 2020 02:44 CST by jjst135

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