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
 #29946: You don't have permission to access /BingSiteAuth.xml on this server.

Latest post by lemtrac on Friday, 10 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:16 CDT by lemtrac

Closed
 #29941: Issue with 'convert all links to HTTPS when site is accessed over SSL'

Latest post by wd5mush on Friday, 10 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 11:59 CDT by wd5mush

Closed
 #30073: mysql query into script

Latest post by toonetcreation on Friday, 10 August 2018 11:21 CDT Created on Friday, 10 August 2018 06:29 CDT by toonetcreation

Pending
 #30072: Forbid frontend Super Administrator login - now working

Latest post by tampe125 on Friday, 10 August 2018 10:12 CDT Created on Friday, 10 August 2018 05:16 CDT by jjst135

Closed
 #30069: MUA Shield strange code

Latest post by aryentain99 on Friday, 10 August 2018 10:11 CDT Created on Thursday, 09 August 2018 11:56 CDT by aryentain99

Closed
 #29937: page randomly shows html source

Latest post by saardvark on Thursday, 09 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 09 July 2018 13:18 CDT by saardvark

Pending
 #30067: 404 Shield

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:52 CDT Created on Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:34 CDT by gbqukt

Pending
 #30064: Admin Tools - An unhandled Exception has been detected

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:07 CDT Created on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 04:55 CDT by LRCONSULTING

Closed
 #30061: Redirects are 302's?

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 09 August 2018 00:48 CDT Created on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 11:06 CDT by xtech86

Closed
 #29930: Problems with Frontend Editing and Easy Profile

Latest post by galbur on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 07 July 2018 08:47 CDT by galbur

Closed
 #30057: info adding download ID

Latest post by toonetcreation on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 03:52 CDT Created on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 05:27 CDT by toonetcreation

Closed
 #30056: index.php redirect doesnt work

Latest post by webman on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 09:00 CDT Created on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 02:55 CDT by webman

Pending
 #30059: General question

Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 07:28 CDT Created on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 07:10 CDT by myhpl501

Pending
 #30049: Something is causing me to keep getting blocked

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 03:00 CDT Created on Saturday, 04 August 2018 02:05 CDT by gurdip

Closed
 #30051: Front-end access email notifications

Latest post by iorbita on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 02:08 CDT Created on Monday, 06 August 2018 05:00 CDT by iorbita

Closed
 #29926: Exceptions Graph disappeared

Latest post by bluetongue1 on Saturday, 04 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 05 July 2018 06:44 CDT by bluetongue1

Closed
 #29921: 404 Shield notifications

Latest post by okkhalid on Friday, 03 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 11:57 CDT by okkhalid

Pending
 #30036: Unable to log in with local user

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 02 August 2018 02:10 CDT Created on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 13:16 CDT by wildweaselmi

Pending
 #30037: 403 forbidden error .htaccess

Latest post by dlb on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 18:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 13:45 CDT by biltongandpotroast

Closed
 #29903: How to block access to specific url path

Latest post by pgforep on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 01 July 2018 22:42 CDT by pgforep

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