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

 #31817: got this message after unblocking my new ip

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 #31815: Add this to your FAQ

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Latest post by nicholas on Sunday, 29 September 2019 14:47 CDT Created on Friday, 27 September 2019 12:17 CDT by aetherwizard

 #31818: Server protection access

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Latest post by poodlekit on Sunday, 29 September 2019 08:03 CDT Created on Saturday, 28 September 2019 06:12 CDT by poodlekit

 #31678: Admin Tools Blocking Instagram feeds

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Latest post by volksman3 on Saturday, 28 September 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 11:42 CDT by volksman3

 #31805: 403 fobidden

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Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 27 September 2019 10:07 CDT Created on Thursday, 26 September 2019 02:17 CDT by uzbaby

 #31806: syntax error, unexpected ')'

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Latest post by tampe125 on Friday, 27 September 2019 03:03 CDT Created on Thursday, 26 September 2019 07:48 CDT by hans2103

 #31799: Disable editing backend users' properties YES - still can create

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Latest post by tomaszbrzozowski on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 06:58 CDT Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 05:43 CDT by tomaszbrzozowski

 #31800: 403 Forbidden Error for country-based blocking

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Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 11:26 CDT Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 06:38 CDT by rokkhit

 #31793: AdminTools Geographic Blocking feature is not working!

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Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 11:15 CDT Created on Monday, 23 September 2019 05:38 CDT by rokkhit

 #31796: joomla admin url with secret words

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Latest post by ariyagallery on Monday, 23 September 2019 22:33 CDT Created on Monday, 23 September 2019 22:31 CDT by ariyagallery

 #31795: how to configure a 403 error page

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Latest post by dlb on Monday, 23 September 2019 15:08 CDT Created on Monday, 23 September 2019 11:49 CDT by easytherm

 #31791: Not able to de-activate Admin Tools

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Latest post by VladGhitulescu on Monday, 23 September 2019 14:25 CDT Created on Sunday, 22 September 2019 01:09 CDT by VladGhitulescu

 #31794: sitemap.* cannot be access after any saved changes in 'admin tools pro'

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Latest post by dlb on Monday, 23 September 2019 12:08 CDT Created on Monday, 23 September 2019 09:35 CDT by peter2cfu

 #31762: .htaccess producing core dump!

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Latest post by rokkhit on Monday, 23 September 2019 05:02 CDT Created on Monday, 16 September 2019 03:54 CDT by rokkhit

 #31651: Admin tools locked me out

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Latest post by ccarter72 on Friday, 20 September 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:37 CDT by ccarter72

 #31783: Failed Login Reason Hint

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Latest post by tampe125 on Friday, 20 September 2019 02:55 CDT Created on Thursday, 19 September 2019 09:12 CDT by CaddisArt

 #31776: Manual update

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Latest post by rosaos on Thursday, 19 September 2019 04:24 CDT Created on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 14:39 CDT by rosaos

 #31779: Ip Alert

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Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 19 September 2019 03:23 CDT Created on Thursday, 19 September 2019 01:05 CDT by aleorco

 #31773: Akeeba Strapper not installed

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Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 19 September 2019 00:23 CDT Created on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 06:48 CDT by wynchcote

 #31766: Geoblocking

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Latest post by cappu on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 10:36 CDT Created on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 08:56 CDT by cappu

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