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
 #30694: Unable to access admin after disabling Admin Tools

Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:55 CST Created on Monday, 17 December 2018 21:57 CST by muddauber

Closed
 #30621: obfuscating email

Latest post by jjst135 on Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:01 CST Created on Friday, 30 November 2018 03:29 CST by jjst135

Pending
 #30678: Deinstall Admin Tools

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 13 December 2018 04:20 CST Created on Thursday, 13 December 2018 03:46 CST by cjirik

Pending
 #30671: VPN Blocking Feature

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 13 December 2018 03:51 CST Created on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 21:15 CST by Kakkaji

Pending
 #30672: Geo Block

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 13 December 2018 02:36 CST Created on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 22:48 CST by kerrynoy

Pending
 #30622: Version 5.2 with yootheme pro

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 13 December 2018 02:12 CST Created on Friday, 30 November 2018 05:30 CST by Molotov

Pending
 #30529: Database Issues

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 11 December 2018 03:07 CST Created on Sunday, 18 November 2018 21:33 CST by webdevtim

Closed
 #30664: 11146 Table doesn't exist

Latest post by ANDweb on Monday, 10 December 2018 12:11 CST Created on Monday, 10 December 2018 11:51 CST by ANDweb

Pending
 #30655: admin-side 'spinning' when admintools enabled

Latest post by dlb on Monday, 10 December 2018 10:05 CST Created on Saturday, 08 December 2018 10:44 CST by cpaschen

Closed
 #30658: Configuration options in email

Latest post by marian on Monday, 10 December 2018 04:10 CST Created on Sunday, 09 December 2018 06:26 CST by marian

Closed
 #30448: not able to enable Two Factor Authentication

Latest post by Molotov on Sunday, 09 December 2018 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 10:41 CST by Molotov

Closed
 #30442: Anti Spam Bad Words - Chinese and Korean words

Latest post by lesprace on Friday, 07 December 2018 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 06 November 2018 02:38 CST by lesprace

Closed
 #30546: GEOIP Blocking

Latest post by WSBCS on Thursday, 06 December 2018 13:12 CST Created on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 12:18 CST by WSBCS

Closed
 #30646: Admin On - Can't view files in my ROOT

Latest post by myaviation on Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:11 CST Created on Thursday, 06 December 2018 08:49 CST by myaviation

Pending
 #30643: iframe wrapper

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 06 December 2018 08:08 CST Created on Thursday, 06 December 2018 04:04 CST by lemtrac

Pending
 #30640: FEATURE for FileScan

Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 05 December 2018 09:32 CST Created on Wednesday, 05 December 2018 08:57 CST by RRO

Closed
 #30636: Joomla 4 version for testing

Latest post by tabletguy on Wednesday, 05 December 2018 02:51 CST Created on Wednesday, 05 December 2018 01:19 CST by tabletguy

Closed
 #30433: Block specific user names

Latest post by Cirris on Friday, 30 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 10:54 CDT by Cirris

Closed
 #30415: Template being blocked from htaccess maker

Latest post by livingwellmag on Friday, 30 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 29 October 2018 12:22 CDT by livingwellmag

Closed
 #30618: htaccess maker

Latest post by thexmannz on Thursday, 29 November 2018 22:43 CST Created on Thursday, 29 November 2018 14:07 CST by thexmannz

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