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".

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
Entering your Download ID
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
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
A. GNU General Public License version 3
B. GNU Free Documentation License

 #33031: Firewall IP Blocklist

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Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 08:55 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 19:52 CDT by markyg

 #33030: No notifications

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Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 02:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 17:16 CDT by neilcharkow

 #33029: Redirect non-www to www causes issue for HSTS preload (too many redirects)

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Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 16:33 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 15:48 CDT by lafraco

 #33024: Can no longer Access the Administrator page, goes directly to home page

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Latest post by dlb on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 10:22 CDT Created on Monday, 11 May 2020 20:03 CDT by sirpentium2

 #32989: favicon

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Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 05:54 CDT Created on Tuesday, 05 May 2020 12:28 CDT by Ch3vr0n

 #33025: Disable PHP exception mails

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Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 03:13 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 00:49 CDT by jkalliola

 #32998: Error 404: URL invalid

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Latest post by dlb on Monday, 11 May 2020 12:02 CDT Created on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 19:35 CDT by mvasilescu

 #33020: Allowing wget only on specific pages?

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Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 11 May 2020 05:18 CDT Created on Monday, 11 May 2020 02:21 CDT by jorlan

 #33019: Geoblocking tools have disappeared. How to get them back?

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Latest post by GuiGuy on Sunday, 10 May 2020 22:23 CDT Created on Sunday, 10 May 2020 19:35 CDT by GuiGuy

 #33018: COnfused about Admin IP Whitelist alerts

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Latest post by GuiGuy on Sunday, 10 May 2020 22:22 CDT Created on Sunday, 10 May 2020 19:31 CDT by GuiGuy

 #32828: WAF - Administrator secret URL parameter

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Latest post by Gian Luca on Saturday, 09 May 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 09 April 2020 02:55 CDT by Gian Luca

 #32827: Password Protect Administrator in front-end

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Latest post by Gian Luca on Saturday, 09 May 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 09 April 2020 02:49 CDT by Gian Luca

 #32822: BadBot Protection

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Latest post by komir on Saturday, 09 May 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 08 April 2020 14:01 CDT by komir

 #32781: Had to turn Admin Tools off - It's Blocking Citrix Users

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Latest post by GuiGuy on Friday, 08 May 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 01 April 2020 23:44 CDT by GuiGuy

 #33002: Akeeba Backup and template Creator CK

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Latest post by DaArmin on Thursday, 07 May 2020 10:12 CDT Created on Thursday, 07 May 2020 08:50 CDT by DaArmin

 #32982: Can't compile LESS to CSS again

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Latest post by IAmCapstone on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 19:55 CDT Created on Monday, 04 May 2020 14:16 CDT by IAmCapstone

 #32990: Redirect www and non-www addresses (Selection Unavailable)

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Latest post by ryancdavis on Wednesday, 06 May 2020 16:04 CDT Created on Tuesday, 05 May 2020 14:55 CDT by ryancdavis

 #32798: Can I use Admin Tools to create IP Restriction for the entire website?

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Latest post by ameran on Tuesday, 05 May 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 05 April 2020 01:42 CDT by ameran

 #32988: www not being redirected to the non-www

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Latest post by dlb on Tuesday, 05 May 2020 13:07 CDT Created on Tuesday, 05 May 2020 11:57 CDT by heart0

 #32963: Admin Tools Blocking Message

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Latest post by dlb on Tuesday, 05 May 2020 08:34 CDT Created on Saturday, 02 May 2020 05:03 CDT by ahmadm42@hotmail.com

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