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
 #30371: Create new admin

Latest post by antoniocornacchia on Thursday, 15 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 03:11 CDT by antoniocornacchia

Closed
 #30485: .htacess login backend yes or no?

Latest post by jjst135 on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:26 CST Created on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 04:36 CST by jjst135

Closed
 #30481: URL redirection saves things, but don't work..!!

Latest post by kragh on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 07:14 CST Created on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:20 CST by kragh

Closed
 #30480: URL redirection wont save anything

Latest post by kragh on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 03:57 CST Created on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 03:40 CST by kragh

Closed
 #30347: Some links not working except for Super Users

Latest post by stevebenson on Friday, 09 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 05:38 CDT by stevebenson

Closed
 #30425: Admin access blocked when admintools plugin enabled

Latest post by brainforge.uk on Friday, 09 November 2018 05:03 CST Created on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:23 CDT by brainforge.uk

Closed
 #30450: website 404 Not Found from some locations

Latest post by toonetcreation on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 14:31 CST Created on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 12:30 CST by toonetcreation

Closed
 #30438: Critical file modified email

Latest post by pfowler on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 06:08 CST Created on Monday, 05 November 2018 06:16 CST by pfowler

Closed
 #30318: Issue where site goes offline for everyone showing the standard your are a bad person message

Latest post by edzz83 on Friday, 02 November 2018 18:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 02 October 2018 19:10 CDT by edzz83

Closed
 #30310: 404 on administrator after Updating cPanel

Latest post by myaviation on Friday, 02 November 2018 18:17 CDT Created on Monday, 01 October 2018 09:34 CDT by myaviation

Closed
 #30311: Where do I change the 403 page message?

Latest post by djc on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:17 CDT Created on Monday, 01 October 2018 11:10 CDT by djc

Closed
 #30431: Critical file modified email

Latest post by pfowler on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 10:09 CDT Created on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 09:13 CDT by pfowler

Closed
 #30426: An unhandled Exception has been detected

Latest post by Thomsterdam on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 12:08 CDT Created on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 12:05 CDT by Thomsterdam

Closed
 #30392: nginx configuration maker tuning

Latest post by toonetcreation on Monday, 29 October 2018 08:38 CDT Created on Monday, 22 October 2018 08:12 CDT by toonetcreation

Closed
 #30290: Inserting external js file

Latest post by mol4 on Friday, 26 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 02:17 CDT by mol4

Closed
 #30286: blocked out

Latest post by cornelius on Thursday, 25 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 12:34 CDT by cornelius

Closed
 #30282: AllowOveride all -OR- AllowOverride AuthConfig mod_rewrite

Latest post by arthurjohnston on Thursday, 25 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 23 September 2018 19:56 CDT by arthurjohnston

Closed
 #30270: Admin Tools Professional

Latest post by aleorco on Saturday, 20 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 20 September 2018 14:38 CDT by aleorco

Closed
 #30265: Login Registred User

Latest post by Rmendez on Saturday, 20 October 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:52 CDT by Rmendez

Closed
 #30377: Correct permissions and exceptions

Latest post by nicholas on Friday, 19 October 2018 07:19 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 05:46 CDT by elementotango

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