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
 #29921: 404 Shield notifications

Latest post by okkhalid on Friday, 03 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 11:57 CDT by okkhalid

Closed
 #29903: How to block access to specific url path

Latest post by pgforep on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 01 July 2018 22:42 CDT by pgforep

Closed
 #30023: HSTS improvement

Latest post by activha on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 10:55 CDT Created on Monday, 30 July 2018 07:27 CDT by activha

Closed
 #30016: AdminTools blocking favicon(s)

Latest post by CloudPlanet on Monday, 30 July 2018 06:51 CDT Created on Saturday, 28 July 2018 06:48 CDT by CloudPlanet

Closed
 #29895: URL Redirectation for the administrator

Latest post by vrans99 on Sunday, 29 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 29 June 2018 00:07 CDT by vrans99

Closed
 #29891: SEF extension / URL redirection

Latest post by vrans99 on Saturday, 28 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 28 June 2018 08:47 CDT by vrans99

Closed
 #30015: 403 Error on Update

Latest post by cavedog on Friday, 27 July 2018 20:25 CDT Created on Friday, 27 July 2018 16:47 CDT by cavedog

Closed
 #29884: Log out triggers security exception since Joomla 3.8.10

Latest post by Martin511 on Friday, 27 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:19 CDT by Martin511

Closed
 #29879: could this be admin tools issue?

Latest post by brintop99 on Friday, 27 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 04:19 CDT by brintop99

Closed
 #29877: Secret word in url

Latest post by eric.mennier on Friday, 27 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 14:05 CDT by eric.mennier

Closed
 #29995: 403 - Access Denied front end

Latest post by simmonskr on Friday, 27 July 2018 09:18 CDT Created on Monday, 23 July 2018 10:46 CDT by simmonskr

Closed
 #29870: Cloaking & redirect

Latest post by b8fish on Thursday, 26 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 25 June 2018 16:10 CDT by b8fish

Closed
 #29866: login is blocked now

Latest post by pk@klinke,de on Thursday, 26 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 25 June 2018 06:09 CDT by pk@klinke,de

Closed
 #29860: Admin Tools

Latest post by juignet on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 22 June 2018 09:13 CDT by juignet

Closed
 #30003: How to prevent site url followed by slashes?

Latest post by renem on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 06:18 CDT Created on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:09 CDT by renem

Closed
 #30004: 404 Shield - Autoban?

Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 05:09 CDT Created on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:54 CDT by cooltide

Closed
 #29857: SEF plugin & Admin Tools plugin

Latest post by info@cleywech.nl on Sunday, 22 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 22 June 2018 03:15 CDT by info@cleywech.nl

Closed
 #29847: Virtuemart

Latest post by Drees on Friday, 20 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 02:32 CDT by Drees

Closed
 #29977: Problems with update

Latest post by drlukacs on Friday, 20 July 2018 09:08 CDT Created on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 14:59 CDT by drlukacs

Closed
 #29976: Admin tools 5.1.3 : Should I replace file_fef ?

Latest post by Janbol on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 09:59 CDT Created on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 05:54 CDT by Janbol

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