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 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
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
 #28263: Project Honeymoon Integration tab error

Latest post by alex2010 on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 21 August 2017 06:12 CDT by alex2010

Open
 #28473: Blank page viewing all file scan report items after Joomla 3.8 update

Latest post by keenmouse on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:45 CDT Created on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:09 CDT by keenmouse

Open
 #28471: IP Blocking Date

Latest post by mackenj on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:55 CDT Created on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:10 CDT by mackenj

Closed
 #28481: Security options missing in 4.3.0

Latest post by fredvogels on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:44 CDT Created on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 08:20 CDT by fredvogels

Pending
 #28464: AdminTools Purge old history

Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 07:44 CDT Created on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:02 CDT by Chabi01

Closed
 #28458: Frontend htpasswd protection not working

Latest post by marktaylor46 on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:57 CDT Created on Monday, 18 September 2017 05:28 CDT by marktaylor46

Pending
 #28462: User IP auto blocked when trying to login with Facebook

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:07 CDT Created on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:13 CDT by skyfranky

Pending
 #28460: Can't access admin back-end on my localhost...

Latest post by dlb on Monday, 18 September 2017 15:37 CDT Created on Monday, 18 September 2017 14:56 CDT by tg12016

Pending
 #28459: Locked Out

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 18 September 2017 08:37 CDT Created on Monday, 18 September 2017 07:52 CDT by GTKYCU

Closed
 #28449: admin tools component update

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 18 September 2017 06:14 CDT Created on Friday, 15 September 2017 09:51 CDT by toonetcreation

Closed
 #28447: ##### Optimal default expiration time - BEGIN

Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 15 September 2017 11:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:15 CDT by bobpit

Pending
 #28446: Security Exception

Latest post by dlb on Friday, 15 September 2017 07:59 CDT Created on Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:12 CDT by mshihan

Pending
 #28394: Admin Query String

Latest post by dlb on Thursday, 14 September 2017 16:10 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 15:55 CDT by Hadschi

Pending
 #28445: Admin keeps gettinglocked out

Latest post by dlb on Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:38 CDT Created on Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:28 CDT by ljk

Pending
 #28397: How to block bad bots effectively?

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:47 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 22:55 CDT by skyfranky

Closed
 #28396: .htaccess maker breaks my app from working

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:43 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 21:48 CDT by skyfranky

Closed
 #28376: Locked out, source IP address not listed

Latest post by duanemitchell on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:05 CDT Created on Monday, 04 September 2017 08:57 CDT by duanemitchell

Pending
 #28430: Problem with URL Redirects

Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:19 CDT Created on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:58 CDT by NTM

Closed
 #28424: Unable to log geoblocked

Latest post by Oxgourd on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:40 CDT Created on Monday, 11 September 2017 16:48 CDT by Oxgourd

Pending
 #28403: Conflic with Admin Tools

Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 04:37 CDT Created on Thursday, 07 September 2017 16:52 CDT by pierre.plante

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