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

 #31877: PHP file change scanner - interpreting results after running for the first time

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Latest post by paul@chardonnay.co.uk on Sunday, 17 November 2019 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 17 October 2019 08:21 CDT by paul@chardonnay.co.uk

 #31874: Force admin tool upgrade

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Latest post by cmoline on Saturday, 16 November 2019 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:35 CDT by cmoline

 #32006: How to desensitize IP blocking

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Latest post by dlb on Friday, 15 November 2019 14:34 CST Created on Friday, 15 November 2019 08:39 CST by PeterAnthony

 #32010: Email Spam using class.phpmailer.php

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Latest post by myaviation on Friday, 15 November 2019 13:09 CST Created on Friday, 15 November 2019 13:09 CST by myaviation

 #31997: Update to 5.4 fails

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Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 15 November 2019 01:38 CST Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 11:32 CST by hpinson

 #31866: Forget special link when setup in admin tool

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Latest post by exporthelp on Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 14 October 2019 21:52 CDT by exporthelp

 #31863: Emergency overrrights PHP version

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Latest post by egr on Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 14 October 2019 08:45 CDT by egr

 #31862: Locked out after directory change

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Latest post by sirpentium2 on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 14 October 2019 07:45 CDT by sirpentium2

 #31949: Error after update

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Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 06:05 CST Created on Friday, 01 November 2019 08:17 CDT by Spaargids

 #31995: Cannot access my administrator secret link and my ip was block

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Latest post by SigmaRectrixSystems on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 21:46 CST Created on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 20:09 CST by SigmaRectrixSystems

 #31980: User can no longer access site

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Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 11 November 2019 02:34 CST Created on Friday, 08 November 2019 09:38 CST by PeterAnthony

 #31984: SQL Injection pattern

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Latest post by aranemac on Sunday, 10 November 2019 08:46 CST Created on Sunday, 10 November 2019 04:05 CST by aranemac

 #31978: FOF30 Extensions

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Latest post by nicholas on Saturday, 09 November 2019 06:13 CST Created on Friday, 08 November 2019 07:22 CST by wynchcote

 #31952: Not able to restore website with Akeeba backup

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Latest post by dlb on Tuesday, 05 November 2019 13:16 CST Created on Saturday, 02 November 2019 08:06 CDT by matzah

 #31836: ip workarounds needed

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Latest post by tlwebdesign on Sunday, 03 November 2019 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 03 October 2019 18:22 CDT by tlwebdesign

 #31829: PayPal Not sending the responce getting blocked

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Latest post by myaviation on Saturday, 02 November 2019 18:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 02 October 2019 10:44 CDT by myaviation

 #31814: HTTP ERROR 500 when accessing admintools from backend

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Latest post by johnr-ODI on Saturday, 02 November 2019 18:17 CDT Created on Friday, 27 September 2019 11:51 CDT by johnr-ODI

 #31950: Admin Tools troubleshooting information e-mails

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Latest post by Martin511 on Friday, 01 November 2019 14:37 CDT Created on Friday, 01 November 2019 11:45 CDT by Martin511

 #31944: My host is switching to LiteSpeed and they advice to use LiteSpeed Cache for Joomla. Compatible with AT and how to?

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Latest post by formfranska on Friday, 01 November 2019 12:24 CDT Created on Thursday, 31 October 2019 12:46 CDT by formfranska

 #31848: older joomla and tmpl

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Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 31 October 2019 02:13 CDT Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2019 06:34 CDT by irbis

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