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

Closed
 #30415: Template being blocked from htaccess maker

Latest post by livingwellmag on Friday, 30 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 29 October 2018 12:22 CDT by livingwellmag

Closed
 #30618: htaccess maker

Latest post by thexmannz on Thursday, 29 November 2018 22:43 CST Created on Thursday, 29 November 2018 14:07 CST by thexmannz

Closed
 #30419: Admin Tools version 5.1.4 WAF error

Latest post by illing on Thursday, 29 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 29 October 2018 15:12 CDT by illing

Closed
 #30617: No more password in the logs ?

Latest post by BigStef on Thursday, 29 November 2018 09:36 CST Created on Thursday, 29 November 2018 08:16 CST by BigStef

Closed
 #30414: authentication request

Latest post by mimimike64 on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 29 October 2018 07:57 CDT by mimimike64

Closed
 #30412: htaccess maker front end protection

Latest post by erixis on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Friday, 26 October 2018 17:25 CDT by erixis

Closed
 #30391: Locked out

Latest post by paul.lott@thejungle.uk.net on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 22 October 2018 08:05 CDT by paul.lott@thejungle.uk.net

Closed
 #30554: strange character at the end of URL (NEWS)

Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 14:23 CST Created on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:14 CST by toonetcreation

Closed
 #30386: .htaccess not allowiing maps

Latest post by kentmorrison on Sunday, 18 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Friday, 19 October 2018 12:40 CDT by kentmorrison

Closed
 #30383: How to leverage Browser Caching

Latest post by dmware on Sunday, 18 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Friday, 19 October 2018 00:38 CDT by dmware

Closed
 #30381: 406 Not Acceptable

Latest post by Pas-pv on Saturday, 17 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:55 CDT by Pas-pv

Closed
 #30379: Issue frontend htaccess

Latest post by fabioweb90 on Friday, 16 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 06:48 CDT by fabioweb90

Closed
 #30371: Create new admin

Latest post by antoniocornacchia on Thursday, 15 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 03:11 CDT by antoniocornacchia

Closed
 #30485: .htacess login backend yes or no?

Latest post by jjst135 on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:26 CST Created on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 04:36 CST by jjst135

Closed
 #30481: URL redirection saves things, but don't work..!!

Latest post by kragh on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 07:14 CST Created on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:20 CST by kragh

Closed
 #30480: URL redirection wont save anything

Latest post by kragh on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 03:57 CST Created on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 03:40 CST by kragh

Closed
 #30347: Some links not working except for Super Users

Latest post by stevebenson on Friday, 09 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 05:38 CDT by stevebenson

Closed
 #30425: Admin access blocked when admintools plugin enabled

Latest post by brainforge.uk on Friday, 09 November 2018 05:03 CST Created on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:23 CDT by brainforge.uk

Closed
 #30450: website 404 Not Found from some locations

Latest post by toonetcreation on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 14:31 CST Created on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 12:30 CST by toonetcreation

Closed
 #30438: Critical file modified email

Latest post by pfowler on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 06:08 CST Created on Monday, 05 November 2018 06:16 CST by pfowler

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