This app promises to keep your pictures safe from hackers

A Seecrypt display at the annual Micssa symposium in Lynwood Pretoria, South Africa.
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A Seecrypt display at the annual Micssa symposium in Lynwood Pretoria, South Africa.

In the wake of a string of celebrity iPhone hacks, one mobile app company is ramping up its efforts to keep all messages safe from hackers.

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Seecrypt, a mobile encryption technology firm, is rolling out a new feature on its mobile app Wednesday that enables users to secure images in texts and instant messaging with military-grade double layer encryption.

The company, which has been testing the technology for several months, is touting the new function as a simple solution to sending any picture or document safe from prying eyes.

"If you are sending photos that are meant to be private over a public network you shouldn't be surprised that they are posted somewhere," said Harvey Boulter, the chairman at Seecrypt.

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To solve this problem Seecrypt architected a secure platform that does two things: It authenticates end-points, so somebody can't spoof being you, and it encrypts every message with a new key that is wrapped in a double layer of cryptographic protection, Boulter said.

Seecrypt, whose technology was originally developed for military use, also allows users to make voice calls over a VoIP connection. And in a few weeks, the company plans to roll-out secure conference calling as well as enable its users to send secure videos in messages.

The app is free to download and is $3 a month for premium services.

The app is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Blackberry World and Microsoft Market Place.

By CNBC's Cadie Thompson