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

Closed
 #30823: Session optimizer

Latest post by kshw35sPwrtJM on Friday, 22 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 04:09 CST by kshw35sPwrtJM

Closed
 #30820: Protect against common file injection attacks

Latest post by bytekultur on Friday, 22 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 06:21 CST by bytekultur

Open
 #30986: Adding WWW to domain

Latest post by MajorFusion on Friday, 22 February 2019 13:35 CST Created on Friday, 22 February 2019 13:35 CST by MajorFusion

Pending
 #30982: SSL Backend wont load when creating .htaccess for administrator folder

Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 22 February 2019 09:27 CST Created on Friday, 22 February 2019 04:37 CST by victorwooten

Pending
 #30973: Helix template blocked by admin tools

Latest post by dlb on Thursday, 21 February 2019 08:06 CST Created on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:40 CST by karendunne

Pending
 #30971: About NoSniff Header

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 21 February 2019 02:03 CST Created on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:21 CST by BigStef

Closed
 #30805: GeoIP database won't update

Latest post by wesleyderbyshire on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Friday, 18 January 2019 08:27 CST by wesleyderbyshire

Closed
 #30799: Locked out, probably because of update

Latest post by bcnx on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 17 January 2019 07:32 CST by bcnx

Closed
 #30953: Whitelist Admin IP

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 18 February 2019 08:47 CST Created on Sunday, 17 February 2019 20:49 CST by its@hcwd.com.au

Pending
 #30952: getting error with update

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 18 February 2019 00:32 CST Created on Sunday, 17 February 2019 14:43 CST by cctaco

Closed
 #30802: Unable to Temporarily Turn Off Admin Tools

Latest post by joegiglia on Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 17 January 2019 16:59 CST by joegiglia

Closed
 #30948: fix permissions with CLI script

Latest post by toonetcreation on Sunday, 17 February 2019 14:09 CST Created on Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:19 CST by toonetcreation

Pending
 #30951: WAF

Latest post by nicholas on Sunday, 17 February 2019 13:07 CST Created on Sunday, 17 February 2019 11:24 CST by crozy

Closed
 #30797: Administrator secret URL parameter

Latest post by giora on Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 17 January 2019 00:57 CST by giora

Closed
 #30793: CSRFShield advanced setting blocks mod_search and mod_finder

Latest post by mmaass on Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 08:26 CST by mmaass

Closed
 #30790: Unhandled exception - FOF30\Factory\Exception\ViewNotFound

Latest post by NTM on Friday, 15 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 04:50 CST by NTM

Closed
 #30942: Lockout

Latest post by BoonDockSaint on Friday, 15 February 2019 09:12 CST Created on Friday, 15 February 2019 09:07 CST by BoonDockSaint

Closed
 #30911: Lockout

Latest post by BoonDockSaint on Friday, 15 February 2019 05:11 CST Created on Monday, 11 February 2019 14:23 CST by BoonDockSaint

Closed
 #30784: updated to 5.2.1 now getting locked out

Latest post by jparker3119 on Thursday, 14 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:23 CST by jparker3119

Closed
 #30781: Admin tools settings are wrong

Latest post by ianpanorton on Thursday, 14 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 07:39 CST by ianpanorton

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