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
 #10238: Possible to 'style' the error message?

Latest post by user16149 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 21 January 2012 04:52 CST by user16149

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 #10239: amazing software!

Latest post by nickg on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 21 January 2012 09:17 CST by nickg

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 #10240: Project Honepot Score

Latest post by user53984 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 21 January 2012 10:46 CST by user53984

Closed
 #10241: The Great and Impossibe Task of Server Protection

Latest post by skonnie on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Sunday, 22 January 2012 18:39 CST by skonnie

Closed
 #10242: Blocking the United States block google.bot?

Latest post by Chacapamac on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 23 January 2012 06:17 CST by Chacapamac

Closed
 #10243: apha version downgrade to stable

Latest post by mneese on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 23 January 2012 10:24 CST by mneese

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 #10244: Block template=foo site template switch

Latest post by nickg on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 23 January 2012 12:33 CST by nickg

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 #10246: Dealing w/ robot registrations

Latest post by Earthson on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:56 CST by Earthson

Closed
 #10316: site IP Blacklisst

Latest post by rtate2005 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 30 May 2011 02:05 CDT by rtate2005

Closed
 #10317: Preventing copy, download while streaming....

Latest post by user41184 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 27 June 2011 03:59 CDT by user41184

Closed
 #10318: Hacked by Something that got by Admin Tools Pro!

Latest post by user40075 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 18 November 2011 14:21 CST by user40075

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 #10798: Call to protected method JRequest::_cleanVar()

Latest post by user7136 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 15:42 CST by user7136

Closed
 #10799: update joomla 1.7.3 to 1.7.4 error

Latest post by ginjg on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 18:25 CST by ginjg

Closed
 #10802: Fatal Error on Install AdminTools update for J1.7.4

Latest post by user52787 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Thursday, 26 January 2012 01:02 CST by user52787

Closed
 #10809: Admin Tools Documentation Links Going to Akeeba Backup Info

Latest post by ideatrade on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Thursday, 26 January 2012 05:13 CST by ideatrade

Closed
 #10812: Which Joomla version to update? Joomla says 2.5, Admin Tools say 1.7.4

Latest post by Stingray on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Thursday, 26 January 2012 07:00 CST by Stingray

Closed
 #10814: Admin Tools blocking Google Rich Snippet Testing Tool

Latest post by user44547 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Thursday, 26 January 2012 08:16 CST by user44547

Closed
 #10828: [THANKS] Joomla 1.7.4 to 2.5 Update

Latest post by ozneilau on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 27 January 2012 03:59 CST by ozneilau

Closed
 #10837: After Joomla 2.5 Upgrade with jUpgrade Error updating ATPro

Latest post by timbreese on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 27 January 2012 15:40 CST by timbreese

Closed
 #10844: Convert all links to HTTPS when site is accessed over SSL

Latest post by user51487 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 28 January 2012 04:24 CST by user51487

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