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

Open
 #31277: Failed deleting inaccessible file mysql.xml

Latest post by mrit on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 05:01 CDT Created on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 05:01 CDT by mrit

Pending
 #31249: PHP file scans results emails

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 03:59 CDT Created on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 08:07 CDT by joomladienst

Pending
 #31271: Install issue

Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 02:19 CDT Created on Monday, 22 April 2019 13:38 CDT by Pappy

Pending
 #31264: Can't log in on local host

Latest post by nicholas on Sunday, 21 April 2019 10:35 CDT Created on Friday, 19 April 2019 21:33 CDT by josflachs

Closed
 #31134: System - Admin Tools Plugin

Latest post by wynchcote on Saturday, 20 April 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 21 March 2019 04:02 CDT by wynchcote

Closed
 #31081: Updates to AT and AKB fail after Joomla 3.9.4 update

Latest post by hpinson on Saturday, 20 April 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:28 CDT by hpinson

Closed
 #31130: Blank Page after updating Admin Tools

Latest post by mariazzz on Friday, 19 April 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 06:36 CDT by mariazzz

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

Latest post by tampe125 on Friday, 19 April 2019 03:14 CDT Created on Friday, 19 April 2019 02:18 CDT by jbswinkels

Closed
 #31257: Translation popup message

Latest post by TorstenL on Thursday, 18 April 2019 09:33 CDT Created on Thursday, 18 April 2019 04:32 CDT by TorstenL

Pending
 #31256: Gateway timeout when accessing admintools

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 18 April 2019 01:51 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 20:20 CDT by dwreski

Closed
 #31118: admin blocked on seven hosted sites

Latest post by mneese on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 18 March 2019 14:24 CDT by mneese

Closed
 #31112: Lots of attempts at wp-login - and related blacklisting

Latest post by palazzi on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 17 March 2019 16:05 CDT by palazzi

Closed
 #31242: Hosting server IP address gets blocked in blacklist

Latest post by conticreative on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 14:55 CDT Created on Saturday, 13 April 2019 18:11 CDT by conticreative

Pending
 #31248: Drag and drop images

Latest post by dlb on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 12:42 CDT Created on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 06:10 CDT by 48media

Closed
 #31105: Site is down after updating to AT Pro 5.3.0

Latest post by crmsoftware on Monday, 15 April 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 15 March 2019 16:42 CDT by crmsoftware

Closed
 #30936: 500 auto com_admintools/Blocks/category.

Latest post by tomaszbrzozowski on Saturday, 13 April 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 14 February 2019 12:40 CST by tomaszbrzozowski

Closed
 #31235: Akeeba blocks extention to update

Latest post by brainynl on Thursday, 11 April 2019 12:57 CDT Created on Thursday, 11 April 2019 11:00 CDT by brainynl

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

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 11 April 2019 01:13 CDT Created on Tuesday, 09 April 2019 09:49 CDT by Wilowski

Closed
 #31221: Helix Ultimate header issue and Admin Tools

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 11 April 2019 01:10 CDT Created on Tuesday, 09 April 2019 12:52 CDT by joomleb

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

Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 01:08 CDT Created on Saturday, 06 April 2019 11:00 CDT by PeterAnthony

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