Akeeba Admin Tools 5.1.2 Security Release

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Admin Tools v5.1.2 like its predecessors v5.1.1 and v5.1.0 is a Security Release and rather special.

Reason: it addresses potential breaches of new GDPR Regulations which come into effect in May 2018.

What issues are addressed? Online data storage ones.

See comprehensive Release Notes for more details.

Read more: Akeeba Admin Tools 5.1.2 Release Notes.

 

New features introduced with v5.1.0

Admin Tools v5.1.0 introduced some great new features.

If using v5.1.0 or later you will be able to:

  • check whether user passwords are inside dictionaries of leaked password (disabled by default),
  • manually unblock specific IP addresses,
  • allow only specific email domains during user registration (for example, your organisation's email addresses), and
  • choose if Admin Tools should write to the log file or not (required by GDPR).

Read more: Akeeba Admin Tools 5.1.0 Release Notes.

 

Remove Failed Login  entries from Security Exception Log

Prior to Admin Tools v5.1.0 the developer reports that the Security Exception Log had been recording both the username and password used by anyone that failed to log into your website.

Post v5.1.0 only usernames are recorded in such instances.

For 'anyone' substitute 'anybot' but bear in mind that user could have been you the Super User or Administrator.

Are you using an old version of Joomla! CMS?

Admin Tools 5.0.0 will only work with Joomla! 3.4 or later.

Admin Tools 5.1, when released, will no longer support Joomla! 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6.

Akeeba state: "Older versions of Joomla! have known major security issues which are being actively exploited to hack sites."

No point in closing the stable door after the horse has bolted!

Read more: Akeeba Admin Tools 5.0.0 Release Notes.

Read more: Admin Tools PRO.

 

Admin Tools Video Tutorials

In 2017 the developer issued a range of useful video resources to help you configure Admin Tools.

Read more: Video Tutorials & Documentation.

 

Some Admin Tools Tips

Web Appication Firewalls

No Joomla! website should be without a Web Application Firewall or WAF, especially if hosted in a shared server environment.

The WAF adds another line of defense between your website and the server firewall maintained by your hosting provider.

Find out more about WAFs in our Joomla! User Guide.

Read more: Web Application Firewall.

Always back up before updating extensions

Perform a FULL backup of your website (database and files) before installing any update.

Read more: How to back up your website.

 

WYNCHCO Joomla! CMS Support

Configuring the Admin Tools WAF can be challenging, but we can help.

We coach, help and support managers with responsibility for Joomla! websites in organisations across Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside, North West England & the UK.

Read more: WYNCHCO Joomla! CMS Support Packages.