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

Pending
 #29860: Admin Tools

Latest post by dlb on Friday, 22 June 2018 09:54 CDT Created on Friday, 22 June 2018 09:13 CDT by juignet

Pending
 #29857: SEF plugin & Admin Tools plugin

Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 22 June 2018 06:48 CDT Created on Friday, 22 June 2018 03:15 CDT by info@cleywech.nl

Closed
 #29851: Features have disappeared

Latest post by toonetcreation on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:44 CDT Created on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:17 CDT by toonetcreation

Pending
 #29847: Virtuemart

Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 02:35 CDT Created on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 02:32 CDT by Drees

Closed
 #29684: How long are IP addresses saved by AdminTools

Latest post by jythra on Sunday, 17 June 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 18 May 2018 03:29 CDT by jythra

Closed
 #29664: GDPR

Latest post by aimlesslady on Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:44 CDT by aimlesslady

Pending
 #29838: Disable editing backend users' properties

Latest post by dlb on Friday, 15 June 2018 10:01 CDT Created on Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:18 CDT by davidgott

Closed
 #29666: Hook onto log event

Latest post by csstudios on Thursday, 14 June 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 11:26 CDT by csstudios

Closed
 #29837: Warning Message

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:43 CDT Created on Thursday, 14 June 2018 03:18 CDT by PeterT

Pending
 #29825: 404

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 14 June 2018 02:46 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:42 CDT by belex24

Pending
 #29816: whiltelist an IP to all checking via CSRF Shield

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:03 CDT Created on Monday, 11 June 2018 10:35 CDT by careytech

Pending
 #29819: Error installing Admin Tools

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 04:30 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:28 CDT by fitorforestal

Pending
 #29820: Wrong purchase

Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 03:54 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:53 CDT by christof2

Pending
 #29811: block-ip-immediatly-on-some-attacks, i'm back !

Latest post by tampe125 on Friday, 08 June 2018 10:29 CDT Created on Friday, 08 June 2018 06:05 CDT by Chabi01

Pending
 #29798: 500 Internal Server Error

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:34 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:12 CDT by isabelgica

Closed
 #29794: Invalid or unwritable Joomla log directory.

Latest post by schohmik on Thursday, 07 June 2018 07:47 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 10:23 CDT by schohmik

Pending
 #29801: Admin lockout with token

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 07 June 2018 07:24 CDT Created on Thursday, 07 June 2018 05:19 CDT by diagonal

Pending
 #29790: Files get blocked by htaccess?

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 07 June 2018 07:13 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 06:16 CDT by jjst135

Pending
 #29802: Password protect files/directories

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 07 June 2018 05:56 CDT Created on Thursday, 07 June 2018 05:38 CDT by romolo0151

Pending
 #29796: Language overrides

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 07 June 2018 02:07 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 10:35 CDT by Graemezee

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