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
 #11063: Errors using Admintools with Feedgator

Latest post by savvasha on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 11 February 2012 15:34 CST by savvasha

Closed
 #11080: Restoring user who was autobanned

Latest post by user40075 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 13 February 2012 15:23 CST by user40075

Closed
 #11082: security exception or not(?)

Latest post by user54610 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 13 February 2012 15:54 CST by user54610

Closed
 #11087: Probleme bei automatischem Update - Fehlermeldung

Latest post by user51504 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 03:44 CST by user51504

Closed
 #11092: after switching servers htaccess maker lost all its info

Latest post by user51957 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:30 CST by user51957

Closed
 #11104: PHP File Scanner

Latest post by user57699 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:07 CST by user57699

Closed
 #11105: Problem with non-latin characters

Latest post by clampi on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 11:34 CST by clampi

Closed
 #11123: Admin Tools effects css display on frontend of website

Latest post by user57795 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:52 CST by user57795

Closed
 #11129: Geo-Blocking is not useless, but Bots need to be excepted

Latest post by user55993 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:42 CST by user55993

Closed
 #11139: Admin Tool Configuration - not sticking

Latest post by user56286 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 17 February 2012 09:05 CST by user56286

Closed
 #11149: admin tools pro 2.2.0 sep and link

Latest post by user39836 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 18 February 2012 05:14 CST by user39836

Closed
 #11157: Errors in the site: server error

Latest post by ktavares on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 18 February 2012 15:38 CST by ktavares

Closed
 #11159: kmz

Latest post by SandbergPDX on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:46 CST by SandbergPDX

Closed
 #11160: allow direct access to administrator template folder

Latest post by SandbergPDX on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:51 CST by SandbergPDX

Closed
 #11163: cannot login to back-end after upgrading to 2.2.0 (stable)

Latest post by user44967 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Sunday, 19 February 2012 11:43 CST by user44967

Closed
 #11166: Error Messages when updating Admin Tools from Email Link

Latest post by user7713 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 20 February 2012 03:11 CST by user7713

Closed
 #11169: #10149: Site crashing - Followup

Latest post by user13238 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 20 February 2012 08:14 CST by user13238

Closed
 #11664: Deployment of update through bash script

Latest post by gakijken on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Thursday, 22 March 2012 03:23 CDT by gakijken

Closed
 #12025: cannot acces k2 item on joomla backend

Latest post by user54063 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 17:26 CDT by user54063

Closed
 #12052: How do I Manually Restore multi part Database file ?

Latest post by user62457 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 20 April 2012 16:10 CDT by user62457

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