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
 #29883: Joomla 3.8.10 and Admin Tools 5.1.2 issue

Latest post by Janbol on Thursday, 28 June 2018 07:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:58 CDT by Janbol

Closed
 #29719: Error: 403 - This request is blocked by Admin Tools.

Latest post by junbernardo on Sunday, 24 June 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 25 May 2018 01:44 CDT by junbernardo

Closed
 #29709: Default setting changes

Latest post by treat2day on Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 15:08 CDT by treat2day

Closed
 #29851: Features have disappeared

Latest post by toonetcreation on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:44 CDT Created on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:17 CDT by toonetcreation

Closed
 #29684: How long are IP addresses saved by AdminTools

Latest post by jythra on Sunday, 17 June 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 18 May 2018 03:29 CDT by jythra

Closed
 #29664: GDPR

Latest post by aimlesslady on Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:44 CDT by aimlesslady

Closed
 #29666: Hook onto log event

Latest post by csstudios on Thursday, 14 June 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 11:26 CDT by csstudios

Closed
 #29837: Warning Message

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:43 CDT Created on Thursday, 14 June 2018 03:18 CDT by PeterT

Closed
 #29794: Invalid or unwritable Joomla log directory.

Latest post by schohmik on Thursday, 07 June 2018 07:47 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 10:23 CDT by schohmik

Closed
 #29765: Block top level domain from registration

Latest post by jjst135 on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 06:02 CDT Created on Saturday, 02 June 2018 04:37 CDT by jjst135

Closed
 #29630: Block Ip or leave no exception

Latest post by aout on Sunday, 03 June 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 04 May 2018 02:34 CDT by aout

Closed
 #29614: php file change scanner error

Latest post by Akeeberg32 on Friday, 01 June 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 09:26 CDT by Akeeberg32

Closed
 #29693: Switch site template got 500 error on the public site

Latest post by webackup on Thursday, 31 May 2018 11:19 CDT Created on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 12:05 CDT by webackup

Closed
 #29596: URL Redirection copy

Latest post by roger on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 26 April 2018 23:29 CDT by roger

Closed
 #29585: RGPD

Latest post by ADAZACAM on Saturday, 26 May 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 07:45 CDT by ADAZACAM

Closed
 #29590: Cloaking & Helix Ultimate template / SP Page Builder

Latest post by joomleb on Saturday, 26 May 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 16:59 CDT by joomleb

Closed
 #29571: truncate tables

Latest post by mf@cm-audio.net on Thursday, 24 May 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 23 April 2018 16:55 CDT by mf@cm-audio.net

Closed
 #29704: visit counter

Latest post by jon on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 16:28 CDT Created on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:25 CDT by jon

Closed
 #29703: upgrade admin tools to 5.1.1 breaks site

Latest post by taftr on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:25 CDT Created on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 09:52 CDT by taftr

Closed
 #29543: Need URL for login error

Latest post by LukeDouglas on Friday, 18 May 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:36 CDT by LukeDouglas

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