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

 #31543: Admin Tools not playing nice with Amazon RDS (Aurora MySQL)

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Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 18 July 2019 10:52 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 12:14 CDT by bjmorgan

 #31547: Strange message from Admin Tools

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Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 18 July 2019 06:08 CDT Created on Thursday, 18 July 2019 05:36 CDT by westernex

 #31546: Joomla upgrade not working

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Latest post by uzbaby on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 23:34 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 23:05 CDT by uzbaby

 #31539: changing the email address of a superuser

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Latest post by Willyg36 on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 14:19 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 06:34 CDT by Willyg36

 #31538: 403 error for ip lookup

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Latest post by Mayday on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 06:33 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 03:55 CDT by Mayday

 #31533: AdminTools is blocking HikaShop Checkout only on Mobile/Smartphone

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Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 15 July 2019 05:04 CDT Created on Saturday, 13 July 2019 11:31 CDT by deeno

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

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Latest post by Wilowski on Friday, 12 July 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 09 April 2019 09:49 CDT by Wilowski

 #31527: Administrator secret URL parameter

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Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 12 July 2019 05:19 CDT Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:27 CDT by giora

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

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Latest post by PeterAnthony on Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 06 April 2019 11:00 CDT by PeterAnthony

 #31525: I have configured AdminTools but I still see the QuickSetup Wizard icon. How come?

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Latest post by dlb on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:38 CDT Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:16 CDT by artax

 #31329: redirected to homepage when I go to administrator

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Latest post by patmiami on Tuesday, 09 July 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 08 May 2019 15:26 CDT by patmiami

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

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Latest post by jbswinkels on Tuesday, 09 July 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 19 April 2019 02:18 CDT by jbswinkels

 #31332: Implementing .htaccess security retrospectively

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Latest post by webcoast on Monday, 08 July 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 09 May 2019 00:44 CDT by webcoast

 #31515: UserID and password of failed logins not shown in emmail

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Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 08 July 2019 12:23 CDT Created on Monday, 08 July 2019 12:12 CDT by sj@rapid.demon.co.uk

 #31319: Spam Registration

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Latest post by j2studio on Friday, 05 July 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 04 May 2019 10:32 CDT by j2studio

 #31503: Unblocking blocked users not working

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Latest post by dlb on Friday, 05 July 2019 09:47 CDT Created on Thursday, 04 July 2019 09:56 CDT by Tschibo

 #31318: Unable to access backend administration

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Latest post by egr on Thursday, 04 July 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 03 May 2019 12:56 CDT by egr

 #31256: Gateway timeout when accessing admintools

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Latest post by dwreski on Thursday, 04 July 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 20:20 CDT by dwreski

 #31497: Unhandled exceptions

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Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 04 July 2019 03:01 CDT Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2019 04:51 CDT by kinisis

 #31490: GeoIP databases are not updated

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Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 03 July 2019 10:53 CDT Created on Monday, 01 July 2019 07:54 CDT by Sherapet

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