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

 #32750: Missing GeoIP plugin

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Latest post by pointel on Sunday, 26 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 27 March 2020 14:18 CDT by pointel

 #32925: How to Allow an Administrator to Login if their IP changes

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Latest post by drew on Friday, 24 April 2020 22:55 CDT Created on Friday, 24 April 2020 10:22 CDT by drew

 #32710: Unable to disable LoginGuard

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Latest post by MajorFusion on Wednesday, 22 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 23 March 2020 00:22 CDT by MajorFusion

 #32700: PHP settings in .htaccess Maker

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Latest post by muddauber on Wednesday, 22 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 21 March 2020 22:59 CDT by muddauber

 #32858: Facebook Disallowing Me To Enter My Page's Website URL (Says Invalid Link)

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Latest post by ryancdavis on Monday, 20 April 2020 19:31 CDT Created on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 14:31 CDT by ryancdavis

 #32883: Question about file in PHP File Change Scanner that are to big for keeping the source code?

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Latest post by Chacapamac on Monday, 20 April 2020 18:36 CDT Created on Saturday, 18 April 2020 19:06 CDT by Chacapamac

 #32697: Security Exceptions

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Latest post by komir on Monday, 20 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 21 March 2020 10:14 CDT by komir

 #32881: Difference between the file source yellow highlights threats indication and “Calculate diffs when scanning”?

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Latest post by Chacapamac on Monday, 20 April 2020 09:33 CDT Created on Saturday, 18 April 2020 12:30 CDT by Chacapamac

 #32890: Suspicious Files in backup

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Latest post by aroundi on Monday, 20 April 2020 06:30 CDT Created on Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:57 CDT by aroundi

 #32692: Admin Query String -> Backend Edit Admin -> Logged In

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Latest post by XpertAssist on Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:37 CDT by XpertAssist

 #32684: Lifting restrictions from bots for Google SEO

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Latest post by webooster on Saturday, 18 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 19 March 2020 00:07 CDT by webooster

 #32675: Error Unable to find install package

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Latest post by uplanter on Thursday, 16 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 02:47 CDT by uplanter

 #32868: Admin Tools Not Receiving Updates

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Latest post by aroundi on Thursday, 16 April 2020 08:30 CDT Created on Wednesday, 15 April 2020 15:38 CDT by aroundi

 #32664: CSRF Shield

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Latest post by mwlake on Sunday, 12 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 13 March 2020 10:03 CDT by mwlake

 #32653: Can't login with rescue url

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Latest post by paulcu on Sunday, 12 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:25 CDT by paulcu

 #32648: ?task=reset.request | CSRF Shield

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Latest post by jjst135 on Saturday, 11 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 11 March 2020 07:06 CDT by jjst135

 #32639: How can I uninstall Admin Tools ?

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Latest post by edwin_koelliker@bluewin.ch on Friday, 10 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 11:48 CDT by edwin_koelliker@bluewin.ch

 #32634: Usernotes improvement improvement?

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Latest post by Ch3vr0n on Thursday, 09 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 09 March 2020 11:57 CDT by Ch3vr0n

 #32628: Notifications and helixUltimate

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Latest post by komir on Wednesday, 08 April 2020 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 07 March 2020 05:12 CST by komir

 #32792: Non-www to www-URL redirect with a slash too much

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Latest post by Kontento on Tuesday, 07 April 2020 05:59 CDT Created on Friday, 03 April 2020 03:34 CDT by Kontento

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