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
 #30755: One of my Super Users cant use any feature in backend, redirected to frontend homepage

Latest post by jooomlaa on Friday, 08 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 08 January 2019 11:39 CST by jooomlaa

Closed
 #30735: htaccess and addon domains

Latest post by Mobilepro on Friday, 08 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 03 January 2019 22:57 CST by Mobilepro

Closed
 #30747: Secret URL and deep linking

Latest post by rogernclarke on Wednesday, 06 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 07 January 2019 06:52 CST by rogernclarke

Closed
 #30743: firewall not working

Latest post by myherojourney on Wednesday, 06 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Sunday, 06 January 2019 17:16 CST by myherojourney

Closed
 #30741: XAttacker

Latest post by rainbowstar on Wednesday, 06 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Sunday, 06 January 2019 08:52 CST by rainbowstar

Closed
 #30834: A security exception was detected on your site

Latest post by Ben Carter on Wednesday, 06 February 2019 17:16 CST Created on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 19:08 CST by Ben Carter

Closed
 #30883: AdminTools seems to prohibit front end password reset

Latest post by DaveOzric on Tuesday, 05 February 2019 10:58 CST Created on Tuesday, 05 February 2019 09:06 CST by DaveOzric

Closed
 #30858: security exception Reason: template= in URL

Latest post by schohmik on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 11:19 CST Created on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 12:51 CST by schohmik

Closed
 #30851: Extensions: Discover -> FOF30

Latest post by jjst135 on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 04:12 CST Created on Monday, 28 January 2019 06:02 CST by jjst135

Closed
 #30720: Scan Differences

Latest post by b8fish on Saturday, 26 January 2019 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:05 CST by b8fish

Closed
 #30719: Verbose

Latest post by b8fish on Saturday, 26 January 2019 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 26 December 2018 13:52 CST by b8fish

Closed
 #30830: changing user configuration causes access violation

Latest post by mf@cm-audio.net on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 12:29 CST Created on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 10:46 CST by mf@cm-audio.net

Closed
 #30807: Website Test Site Blocked

Latest post by DaveOzric on Monday, 21 January 2019 09:47 CST Created on Friday, 18 January 2019 11:41 CST by DaveOzric

Closed
 #30707: GeoLocation

Latest post by jhoefs on Saturday, 19 January 2019 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 19 December 2018 13:58 CST by jhoefs

Closed
 #30678: Deinstall Admin Tools

Latest post by cjirik on Saturday, 12 January 2019 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 13 December 2018 03:46 CST by cjirik

Closed
 #30672: Geo Block

Latest post by kerrynoy on Saturday, 12 January 2019 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 22:48 CST by kerrynoy

Closed
 #30671: VPN Blocking Feature

Latest post by Kakkaji on Saturday, 12 January 2019 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 21:15 CST by Kakkaji

Closed
 #30622: Version 5.2 with yootheme pro

Latest post by Molotov on Saturday, 12 January 2019 17:17 CST Created on Friday, 30 November 2018 05:30 CST by Molotov

Closed
 #30529: Database Issues

Latest post by webdevtim on Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:17 CST Created on Sunday, 18 November 2018 21:33 CST by webdevtim

Closed
 #30762: Anti-spam Bad Words import

Latest post by DaveOzric on Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:21 CST Created on Wednesday, 09 January 2019 10:29 CST by DaveOzric

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