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
 #30215: J3.9 com_privacy & Backend users

Latest post by Twincarb on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 09 September 2018 15:20 CDT by Twincarb

Closed
 #30204: Can't include a second user as a Super User

Latest post by egr on Saturday, 06 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 06 September 2018 12:21 CDT by egr

Closed
 #30175: Temporarily disable AdminTools PRO

Latest post by sev-com on Thursday, 04 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 04 September 2018 02:40 CDT by sev-com

Closed
 #30174: Joomla Administrator Login error

Latest post by egr on Thursday, 04 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 03 September 2018 13:44 CDT by egr

Closed
 #30173: own ip blocked

Latest post by joselaru on Wednesday, 03 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 03 September 2018 12:04 CDT by joselaru

Closed
 #30158: blocking by username

Latest post by rmari on Wednesday, 03 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 01 September 2018 14:39 CDT by rmari

Closed
 #30320: optimize table

Latest post by toonetcreation on Wednesday, 03 October 2018 04:16 CDT Created on Wednesday, 03 October 2018 02:10 CDT by toonetcreation

Closed
 #30306: Administrator secret URL parameter

Latest post by Hadschi on Monday, 01 October 2018 03:33 CDT Created on Monday, 01 October 2018 01:20 CDT by Hadschi

Closed
 #30138: Akeeba Tools Administration Problem

Latest post by egr on Sunday, 30 September 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:55 CDT by egr

Closed
 #30104: Configure exception

Latest post by joselaru on Sunday, 23 September 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 24 August 2018 06:27 CDT by joselaru

Closed
 #30090: Admintools blocks website when using icon to share by email or print!

Latest post by faustinowm on Friday, 21 September 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 08:55 CDT by faustinowm

Closed
 #30236: GDPR COMPONENT

Latest post by Morgantini on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 04:00 CDT Created on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 03:50 CDT by Morgantini

Closed
 #30223: Feature Request

Latest post by UglyEoin on Monday, 10 September 2018 11:34 CDT Created on Monday, 10 September 2018 08:14 CDT by UglyEoin

Closed
 #30220: Reason: template= in URL

Latest post by schohmik on Monday, 10 September 2018 08:23 CDT Created on Monday, 10 September 2018 06:14 CDT by schohmik

Closed
 #30072: Forbid frontend Super Administrator login - now working

Latest post by jjst135 on Sunday, 09 September 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 10 August 2018 05:16 CDT by jjst135

Closed
 #30067: 404 Shield

Latest post by gbqukt on Saturday, 08 September 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:34 CDT by gbqukt

Closed
 #30059: General question

Latest post by myhpl501 on Thursday, 06 September 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 07 August 2018 07:10 CDT by myhpl501

Closed
 #30049: Something is causing me to keep getting blocked

Latest post by gurdip on Thursday, 06 September 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 04 August 2018 02:05 CDT by gurdip

Closed
 #30157: Admin secret work (the whole function) not working

Latest post by elementotango on Monday, 03 September 2018 02:57 CDT Created on Saturday, 01 September 2018 13:42 CDT by elementotango

Closed
 #30154: Couple aspects (and one bug) in Admin Tools and CloudFlare

Latest post by elementotango on Monday, 03 September 2018 02:51 CDT Created on Saturday, 01 September 2018 06:46 CDT by elementotango

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