Admin Tools User's Guide

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

AkeebaBackup.com

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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

 #31290: System - Admin Tools Log User Actions Plugin

Closed
Latest post by wynchcote on Monday, 24 June 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 25 April 2019 02:53 CDT by wynchcote

 #31471: Joomla Admin Tools Pro: Large tables

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Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 24 June 2019 00:58 CDT Created on Sunday, 23 June 2019 02:55 CDT by faustinowm

 #31271: Install issue

Closed
Latest post by Pappy on Saturday, 22 June 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 22 April 2019 13:38 CDT by Pappy

 #31469: wepb image not visible with Reduce MIME type security risks turned ON in .htaccess maker

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Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 21 June 2019 09:57 CDT Created on Friday, 21 June 2019 08:55 CDT by Lumiga

 #31450: How to turn off alert InvalidArgumentException

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Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 21 June 2019 05:48 CDT Created on Friday, 14 June 2019 13:11 CDT by mhilliard

 #31264: Can't log in on local host

Closed
Latest post by josflachs on Thursday, 20 June 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 19 April 2019 21:33 CDT by josflachs

 #31463: AdminTools dashboard shows upgrade notice eventhough latest is installed

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Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 19 June 2019 04:42 CDT Created on Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:12 CDT by gurdip

 #31461: feature request: add webp and WEBP file formats to admin tools .htaccess maker

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Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 19 June 2019 03:05 CDT Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 16:15 CDT by genr8r

 #31462: .Ds_Store files suspicious or not?

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Latest post by dlb on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 22:33 CDT Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 16:21 CDT by delliano

 #31454: Unblock Cache viewing website

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Latest post by dlb on Monday, 17 June 2019 06:59 CDT Created on Sunday, 16 June 2019 16:19 CDT by muddauber

 #31453: Backend login page Showing 404 Error Page

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Latest post by nicholas on Saturday, 15 June 2019 01:38 CDT Created on Saturday, 15 June 2019 00:59 CDT by Sameera

 #31449: admintools config and akeeba backup with ssl isssue

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Latest post by dlb on Friday, 14 June 2019 13:13 CDT Created on Friday, 14 June 2019 12:02 CDT by mitzi

 #31443: AT Update not coming thru and logging and reporting email question

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Latest post by dlb on Thursday, 13 June 2019 08:48 CDT Created on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 13:21 CDT by veganvoice

 #31445: How to change canonical URL in google search console?

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Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 13 June 2019 05:51 CDT Created on Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:01 CDT by uzbaby

 #31220: HTTP ERROR 500 when trying to access admin tools from back end

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Latest post by Wilowski on Tuesday, 11 June 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 09 April 2019 09:49 CDT by Wilowski

 #31209: Unblock my Ip in backend but I don't seem blocked

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Latest post by PeterAnthony on Monday, 10 June 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 06 April 2019 11:00 CDT by PeterAnthony

 #31261: Regularly log-out when admin tools secret URL parameter active

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Latest post by jbswinkels on Saturday, 08 June 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 19 April 2019 02:18 CDT by jbswinkels

 #31428: Daily triggering of Template=in URL

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Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 06 June 2019 02:28 CDT Created on Wednesday, 05 June 2019 17:31 CDT by chrisjwright1

 #31424: User agent: HACKING ATTEMPT DETECTED

Closed
Latest post by ANDweb on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 23:14 CDT Created on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 14:11 CDT by ANDweb

 #31256: Gateway timeout when accessing admintools

Pending
Latest post by dwreski on Monday, 03 June 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 20:20 CDT by dwreski

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