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".

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
Entering your Download ID
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
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
A. GNU General Public License version 3
B. GNU Free Documentation License

 #32536: Proper uninstallation procedure

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Latest post by dlb on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 08:07 CST Created on Sunday, 23 February 2020 08:06 CST by webooster

 #32373: Linking to remote PDF files

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Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 03:39 CST Created on Wednesday, 29 January 2020 09:59 CST by jpaquette@conshelf.com

 #32523: current GeoIP-DB doesn't delivers the information

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Latest post by VladGhitulescu on Saturday, 22 February 2020 07:25 CST Created on Thursday, 20 February 2020 04:48 CST by VladGhitulescu

 #32528: Can't download latest version of GeoIP

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Latest post by karjoco on Friday, 21 February 2020 07:52 CST Created on Friday, 21 February 2020 07:47 CST by karjoco

 #32305: Continual blocking despite Exceptions

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Latest post by trogladyte on Thursday, 20 February 2020 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 12:57 CST by trogladyte

 #32294: .htaccess redirects to https instead of staying on localhost.

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Latest post by artax on Thursday, 20 February 2020 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 20 January 2020 06:08 CST by artax

 #32524: How do I make a WAF exception for Acymail

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Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 20 February 2020 06:28 CST Created on Thursday, 20 February 2020 05:47 CST by flasp

 #32521: HSTS Header

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Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 20 February 2020 06:27 CST Created on Thursday, 20 February 2020 03:51 CST by montejunto

 #32290: installation of the package successfull

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Latest post by u2waydamien on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 20 January 2020 01:40 CST by u2waydamien

 #32502: EB checkin for Events booking stopped working after admin tools was installed

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Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 03:04 CST Created on Monday, 17 February 2020 20:40 CST by albaweinman

 #32506: Admin tools prevents using files on frontend edit

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Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:53 CST Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2020 09:17 CST by grabit

 #32507: Update 5.4.0 to 5.5.0

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Latest post by dlb on Tuesday, 18 February 2020 12:12 CST Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2020 11:46 CST by freiler

 #32495: Admin Tools detection

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Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 17 February 2020 05:11 CST Created on Sunday, 16 February 2020 18:44 CST by joomleb

 #32486: error trying to access Admin Tools - Akeeba\Engine\Base\Object

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Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 17 February 2020 01:58 CST Created on Friday, 14 February 2020 17:01 CST by neltek

 #32494: Geoip plugin > to uninstall ?

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Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 17 February 2020 01:15 CST Created on Sunday, 16 February 2020 18:27 CST by joomleb

 #32261: Email notifications of Security Exceptions

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Latest post by LukeDouglas on Thursday, 13 February 2020 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 13 January 2020 11:21 CST by LukeDouglas

 #32477: Error updating to version 5.4.0 or higher

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Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 13 February 2020 05:17 CST Created on Thursday, 13 February 2020 04:46 CST by ajuntament.palafrugell

 #32462: After update geoip database, site crashed withe error

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Latest post by dlb on Monday, 10 February 2020 23:16 CST Created on Monday, 10 February 2020 15:31 CST by ErnstteBrake

 #32455: IP Blocking

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Latest post by Doomster on Monday, 10 February 2020 12:27 CST Created on Saturday, 08 February 2020 18:11 CST by Doomster

 #32459: correct server permissions

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