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 2016

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 component and language files
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
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
Help, I have been locked out of my site's administrator area!
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
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
 #28151: Blocked GET parameters

Latest post by n3t.cz on Monday, 24 July 2017 17:13 CDT Created on Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:51 CDT by n3t.cz

Pending
 #28155: You are a spammer, hacker or an otherwise bad person

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 24 July 2017 04:54 CDT Created on Monday, 24 July 2017 02:22 CDT by schohmik

Closed
 #28006: Use of IP6 adress instead of IP4

Latest post by stradarunning on Sunday, 23 July 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 23 June 2017 05:22 CDT by stradarunning

Closed
 #27997: redirect no longer used menu item to home

Latest post by relsig on Sunday, 23 July 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:38 CDT by relsig

Closed
 #27999: non riesco ad accedere al sito

Latest post by lucage on Saturday, 22 July 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:24 CDT by lucage

Closed
 #27998: Login to Joomla

Latest post by brittsan on Saturday, 22 July 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:34 CDT by brittsan

Closed
 #27995: Multilanguage site - Unable to access the backend

Latest post by extly on Saturday, 22 July 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:49 CDT by extly

Closed
 #27966: X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN and ALLOW-FROM https://example.com/

Latest post by heleen on Thursday, 20 July 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 16 June 2017 05:21 CDT by heleen

Closed
 #28152: Admintools and object balise

Latest post by eric.mennier on Thursday, 20 July 2017 13:47 CDT Created on Thursday, 20 July 2017 09:34 CDT by eric.mennier

Pending
 #28135: using KickStart to update development site

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 20 July 2017 01:21 CDT Created on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 01:22 CDT by gregoconnor

Closed
 #28098: New Super User blocked by Admin Tools

Latest post by woluweb on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:35 CDT Created on Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:26 CDT by woluweb

Pending
 #28140: Sites with parameter get blocked due to browser thumbnails

Latest post by dlb on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:20 CDT by palazzi

Closed
 #27993: php 7 was lost after enabling admin tools went back to 5.6.27

Latest post by gregoconnor on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 01:08 CDT Created on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:50 CDT by gregoconnor

Closed
 #27970: username and password doesn't work

Latest post by PawWest on Monday, 17 July 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 17 June 2017 07:37 CDT by PawWest

Closed
 #28125: I didn't change the Admin name with quickstart - How do I do this WITHOUT using quickstart

Latest post by dlb on Monday, 17 July 2017 08:44 CDT Created on Saturday, 15 July 2017 05:33 CDT by Baldur2630

Closed
 #28110: Admin tools plugin loads about 300 000 ms in afterInitialise

Latest post by sitte.pl on Monday, 17 July 2017 05:11 CDT Created on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:21 CDT by sitte.pl

Pending
 #28130: Can´t access administrator

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 17 July 2017 00:59 CDT Created on Sunday, 16 July 2017 22:34 CDT by jpbarbato

Closed
 #27957: Download missing

Latest post by jesripurba on Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:44 CDT by jesripurba

Pending
 #28124: .htaccess maker redirects to https always

Latest post by dlb on Saturday, 15 July 2017 13:30 CDT Created on Friday, 14 July 2017 18:22 CDT by UglyEoin

Pending
 #27985: GeoIP Database Maintenance Error

Latest post by dlb on Saturday, 15 July 2017 13:18 CDT Created on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:29 CDT by iamalive

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