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
 #30037: 403 forbidden error .htaccess

Latest post by biltongandpotroast on Saturday, 01 September 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 13:45 CDT by biltongandpotroast

Closed
 #30036: Unable to log in with local user

Latest post by wildweaselmi on Saturday, 01 September 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 13:16 CDT by wildweaselmi

Closed
 #30022: FOF30?

Latest post by jjst135 on Friday, 31 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 30 July 2018 06:53 CDT by jjst135

Closed
 #30032: Redirecting all www addresses to none www

Latest post by paurray on Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 09:57 CDT by paurray

Closed
 #30028: Block Ip or leave no exception

Latest post by aout on Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 03:05 CDT by aout

Closed
 #30017: Cannot login when main.php is used

Latest post by jparker3119 on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 29 July 2018 12:14 CDT by jparker3119

Closed
 #30125: staging site being redirected to site home page

Latest post by pgypps on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 15:04 CDT Created on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 10:55 CDT by pgypps

Closed
 #30126: error mailto

Latest post by joselaru on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 14:35 CDT Created on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 13:14 CDT by joselaru

Closed
 #30124: Can Admin Tools cause an external URL Menu item to get a 404

Latest post by djc on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 10:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 09:51 CDT by djc

Closed
 #30013: Can I use security key with enabled Administrator secret URL parameter?

Latest post by ameran on Saturday, 25 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 26 July 2018 07:54 CDT by ameran

Closed
 #30005: 404 Exceptions and the Blacklist

Latest post by cooltide on Friday, 24 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:58 CDT by cooltide

Closed
 #29998: After enable GeoIP tools.pingdom.com shown "Specify a Last-Modified or ETag header to enable cache validation for the following resources"

Latest post by btsudama on Thursday, 23 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 23 July 2018 21:15 CDT by btsudama

Closed
 #29999: Login Guard not for customers

Latest post by baroen on Thursday, 23 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 24 July 2018 01:47 CDT by baroen

Closed
 #29987: Weird Security Exception Notice

Latest post by frugalhost on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 22 July 2018 21:29 CDT by frugalhost

Closed
 #29988: I want to remove complitely Admin tool

Latest post by Technichem on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 23 July 2018 03:50 CDT by Technichem

Closed
 #29985: Redirects to new site

Latest post by zT-l0ve on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 22 July 2018 05:27 CDT by zT-l0ve

Closed
 #30087: Some cache files inaccessible when using .htaccess Maker

Latest post by YaegerDesign on Tuesday, 21 August 2018 20:47 CDT Created on Tuesday, 21 August 2018 20:44 CDT by YaegerDesign

Closed
 #30079: admin tools with nginx and maria DB

Latest post by toonetcreation on Tuesday, 21 August 2018 04:19 CDT Created on Tuesday, 21 August 2018 03:37 CDT by toonetcreation

Closed
 #30064: Admin Tools - An unhandled Exception has been detected

Latest post by LRCONSULTING on Monday, 20 August 2018 02:36 CDT Created on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 04:55 CDT by LRCONSULTING

Closed
 #29980: language string error and blocked favicon

Latest post by UglyEoin on Sunday, 19 August 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 19 July 2018 12:39 CDT by UglyEoin

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