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
 #29969: Admin Query String μετά από logout

Latest post by krogias on Tuesday, 17 July 2018 15:53 CDT Created on Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:46 CDT by krogias

Closed
 #29959: .htaccess

Latest post by jparker3119 on Monday, 16 July 2018 17:03 CDT Created on Friday, 13 July 2018 19:40 CDT by jparker3119

Closed
 #29838: Disable editing backend users' properties

Latest post by davidgott on Sunday, 15 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:18 CDT by davidgott

Closed
 #29825: 404

Latest post by belex24 on Saturday, 14 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 10:42 CDT by belex24

Closed
 #29820: Wrong purchase

Latest post by christof2 on Thursday, 12 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:53 CDT by christof2

Closed
 #29819: Error installing Admin Tools

Latest post by fitorforestal on Thursday, 12 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 02:28 CDT by fitorforestal

Closed
 #29816: whiltelist an IP to all checking via CSRF Shield

Latest post by careytech on Thursday, 12 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 11 June 2018 10:35 CDT by careytech

Closed
 #29931: Email warning notification on logout

Latest post by Tschibo on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 01:26 CDT Created on Sunday, 08 July 2018 01:18 CDT by Tschibo

Closed
 #29811: block-ip-immediatly-on-some-attacks, i'm back !

Latest post by Chabi01 on Sunday, 08 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 08 June 2018 06:05 CDT by Chabi01

Closed
 #29802: Password protect files/directories

Latest post by romolo0151 on Saturday, 07 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 07 June 2018 05:38 CDT by romolo0151

Closed
 #29801: Admin lockout with token

Latest post by diagonal on Saturday, 07 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 07 June 2018 05:19 CDT by diagonal

Closed
 #29798: 500 Internal Server Error

Latest post by isabelgica on Saturday, 07 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:12 CDT by isabelgica

Closed
 #29796: Language overrides

Latest post by Graemezee on Saturday, 07 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 10:35 CDT by Graemezee

Closed
 #29790: Files get blocked by htaccess?

Latest post by jjst135 on Saturday, 07 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 06:16 CDT by jjst135

Closed
 #29788: Admin Tools renders badly in Firefox

Latest post by scsfw on Friday, 06 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 05:33 CDT by scsfw

Closed
 #29927: 404 redirect

Latest post by bluetongue1 on Thursday, 05 July 2018 08:40 CDT Created on Thursday, 05 July 2018 06:52 CDT by bluetongue1

Closed
 #29920: Google Two Factor not taking into account

Latest post by colorii on Thursday, 05 July 2018 05:19 CDT Created on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 10:49 CDT by colorii

Closed
 #29769: Redirect Part or URL

Latest post by syhussaini on Wednesday, 04 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 03 June 2018 06:10 CDT by syhussaini

Closed
 #29919: Gateway 504

Latest post by UglyEoin on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 09:14 CDT Created on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 08:35 CDT by UglyEoin

Closed
 #29752: Security Exceptions Log page "Login failure" question

Latest post by webackup on Sunday, 01 July 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 31 May 2018 11:47 CDT by webackup

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