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 Protection Features
Active Request Filtering
Joomla! Feature Hardening Options
Visual Fingerprinting Protection
Project Honeypot integration
Exceptions from blocking
Auto-ban Repeat Offenders
Security exception message customisation
Logging and reporting
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
 #28655: Application Instantiation Error: Could not connect to MySQL.

Latest post by Riceman on Thursday, 23 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 09:16 CDT by Riceman

Closed
 #28652: my access to localhost joomla backend blocked after installing admin tools. need urgent support from your side

Latest post by Philippe DANAUX on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 23 October 2017 05:02 CDT by Philippe DANAUX

Pending
 #28778: Error displaying the error page: Call to a member function getType() on null: Access Denied

Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:26 CST Created on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:18 CST by skyfranky

Closed
 #28775: URL Redirect - Mobile

Latest post by channelsurfer on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 07:43 CST Created on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 07:18 CST by channelsurfer

Pending
 #28765: parainvite

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 02:59 CST Created on Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:40 CST by mackenj

Closed
 #28770: sub domain

Latest post by computerloach on Monday, 20 November 2017 10:29 CST Created on Monday, 20 November 2017 08:29 CST by computerloach

Pending
 #28771: IPv6 Problem - PageSpeed Insights

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 20 November 2017 10:11 CST Created on Monday, 20 November 2017 09:43 CST by BernhardS

Pending
 #28757: Admin panel

Latest post by dlb on Monday, 20 November 2017 08:45 CST Created on Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:42 CST by ermanno

Pending
 #28705: Admin Tools keep blocking user

Latest post by dlb on Monday, 20 November 2017 08:15 CST Created on Monday, 06 November 2017 08:27 CST by BarkeyMedia

Pending
 #28761: USABILITY

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 20 November 2017 04:01 CST Created on Friday, 17 November 2017 15:24 CST by minniemouse

Closed
 #28745: Admin Tools and database collation error

Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 17 November 2017 01:23 CST Created on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:28 CST by samw

Closed
 #28623: IP address warning with sql?

Latest post by paulus103 on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 16 October 2017 09:27 CDT by paulus103

Closed
 #28618: .htaccess maker - reset password user

Latest post by sebg on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 16 October 2017 03:20 CDT by sebg

Pending
 #28751: How to stop other scraping my site contents?

Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 02:42 CST Created on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 23:32 CST by skyfranky

Closed
 #28734: Allow back end user editing for my ip address

Latest post by UglyEoin on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:43 CST Created on Monday, 13 November 2017 06:27 CST by UglyEoin

Pending
 #28731: admin login with dynamic IP

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 02:39 CST Created on Monday, 13 November 2017 01:35 CST by Rasmo

Pending
 #28733: Cannot create new users in Administrator area: Call to a member function getType() on null: Access Denied

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 02:35 CST Created on Monday, 13 November 2017 04:56 CST by MelanieB

Pending
 #28719: Problems with template

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 13 November 2017 07:57 CST Created on Friday, 10 November 2017 04:28 CST by donhasatrone

Pending
 #28729: Google: this site may be hacked

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 13 November 2017 01:13 CST Created on Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:25 CST by okkhalid

Pending
 #28727: Any changes to Admintools if I change site URL?

Latest post by dlb on Saturday, 11 November 2017 15:49 CST Created on Saturday, 11 November 2017 09:04 CST by dorsetakeeba

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